Publicado: Mier, Abril 04, 2018
Deportes | Por Godofredo Marrero

Tributes for Madikizela-Mandela at Commonwealth Games

Tributes for Madikizela-Mandela at Commonwealth Games

She was aged 81.

President Akufo-Addo in a Facebook post on Tuesday April 3 said Winnie Madikizela-Mandela will forever be remembers as a freedom fighter.

South African Catholic priest, educationist and poet, Fr. Lawrence Mduduzi Ndlovu published a poem in which he refers to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela as a 'mother, convinced and unstoppable'. But, unbeknown to many, she had always been ill.

Madikizela-Mandela was later accused of carrying out a "reign of terror" during this period with her protection force, the Mandela United Football Club.

"In African culture, we sing when we're hurt", she added as dozens of well-wishers sang struggle-era songs in a dark night.

"This will be observed until the evening of April 14 2018".

South Africa's Presiding Officers of Parliament, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete and National Council of Provinces Chairperson Thandi Modise, expressed shock and collective grief at the passing-on of the veteran Member of Parliament and struggle icon in a statement.

After finishing university, she became the first qualified social worker at Johannesburg's Baragwanath Hospital. But they would spend only a few of the next 37 years together. She was also banished and imprisoned in solitary confinement for 18 months. But after being pursued by apartheid authorities he was later forced into hiding.

When Nelson was released from prison in 1990, Winnie was by his side. Many South Africans consider her a mother of the nation, but her legacy is troublesome.

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In 1986, she was widely linked to "necklacing", when suspected traitors were burnt alive by a petrol-soaked auto tire being put over their head and set alight.

However, Ms Madikizela-Mandela's political activism was marred by her conviction in 1991 for kidnapping and assault, for which she was fined. Nelson and Winnie were married in 1958 and divorced in 1996, two years after he became South Africa's president. In 2003 she was convicted of fraud and theft.

Leading the tributes, anti-apartheid campaigner and Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu described her as "a defining symbol" of the battle against oppression. She felt that under her ex-husband's leadership the black majority got a bad deal in the negotiations that ended apartheid.

Recently she had been awarded the Order of Luthuli, one of South Africa's highest honors.

She continued to tell the party "exactly what is wrong and what is right at any time", said senior ANC leader Gwede Mantashe.

"She was a woman who was known by everybody in Soweto - as well as in Africa and outside".

Abp Thabo has remained in contact while Mrs Mandela was in hospital, regularly sending her SMS messages.

"I saw her at the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town".

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