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Tributes Pour In As South Africa Mourns Madikizela-Mandela

Madikizela Mandela

As South Africa mourns the death of “Mother Of The Nation” Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, messages of tribute keep coming from all over the world.

The Law Society of Northern Provinces says its saddened by the death of Winnie Madikizela -Mandela, calling her “one of South Africa’s greatest struggle icons.

Here are a few of the many tributes that have been sent:

African Union

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was a fearless freedom fighter and will be remembered for her sacrifices. She never relented in her struggle or wavered in her commitment despite imprisonment of her then husband Neslon Mandela

Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari

Africa has lost a courageous woman. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela remains a pride for all Africans. She held aloft the torch of the struggle against institutionalised discrimination even when Mandela was incarcerated.

Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta

In the life of Winnie Mandela, who endured and won, we see plainly what our freedom cost. May her courage inspire us to make the most of the liberty she won for us. May her family be comforted by the memory of her heroic life.

Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni

Very sorry to hear about the death of comrade Winnie Mandela. I salute her contribution to the resistance in South Africa, especially during the time Mandela was in prison

Rev Jesse Jackson

In the darkest hours of the struggle to free South Africa, with Nelson Mandela in prison, the face of hope and courage was Winnie Mandela. May she forever rest in Power.

TD Jakes

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela fought tirelessly against Apartheid in South Africa to see her people free from Bondage. May her legacy live on and continue to transform the lives of many.

The Presidency has announced a special official funeral will be held for the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto next Saturday – 14 April.

In a statement, President Cyril Rampahosa has also given details around the official memorial service which will be held on 11 April at the Regina Mundi Catholic Church.

Ramaphosa says in line with the honour of the special declaration, the national flag will fly at half-mast at all flag stations countrywide, as well as at South African missions abroad with immediate effect.

The president has further announced a mourning period between now and 14 April.