Former wife of South Africa’s first black president,late Nelson Mandela, Winnie Madikizela Mandela is dead.
The South African anti-apartheid campaigner was reported to have died in the early hours of Monday afternoon at the age of 81
“She died after a long illness, for which she had been in and out of hospital since the start of the year.
“She succumbed peacefully in the early hours of Monday afternoon surrounded by her family and loved ones” family spokesman, Victor Dlamini said in a statement.
Mrs Mandela was born in 1936 in the Eastern Cape – then known as Transkei.
She was a trained social worker when she met her future husband in the 1950s. They were married for a total of 38 years, although for almost three decades of that time they were separated due to Mr Mandela’s imprisonment.
Despite their separation two years after his release, and their divorce in 1996, she kept his surname and maintained ties with him.
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