South African anti-apartheid campaigner Winnie Mandela dies

Last Updated: Apr 03 2018 16:16

On Monday, Nelson Mandela's former wife and anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela died at the age of 81.

Victor Dlamini in a statement said that Madikizela-Mandela died peacefully surrounded by her family following a long illness that had kept her in and out of the hospital since the start of the year.

“She fought valiantly against the apartheid state and sacrificed her life for the freedom of the country,” the statement said.

“She kept the memory of her imprisoned husband Nelson Mandela alive during his years on Robben Island and helped give the struggle for justice in South Africa one its most recognisable faces.”