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The NAC mourns the passing of Mama Winnie Mandela

It is with deep sorry to have received the news of the passing of struggle stalwart Mama Winnie Mandela.

Her vibrancy, unending inner and outer beauty, her passionate connection with ordinary citizens, and her witty and critical mind had contributed in keeping the critical solidarity of the women of South Africa in every facet of life.

Mrs Madikizela-Mandela was one of the greatest icons of the struggle against Apartheid. She fought valiantly against the Apartheid state and sacrificed her life for the freedom of the country. Her activism and resistance to Apartheid landed her in jail on numerous occasions, eventually causing her banishment to the small town of Brandfort in the then Orange Free State.

She was one of the most well-respected and beloved women of her time, a true icon of the struggle against apartheid.

Mama Winnie showed the nation and the world how to be brave and be our fearsome best. Lion. Warrior. Mother. May her soul rest in peace.

The NAC sends its heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and the nation.

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