2 April 2018

South Africa: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela - the World Reacts to the Death of a Lioness


Easter Monday saw the death of a South African woman so famous she could be referred to by just one name: Winnie. In the hours following the confirmation of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's passing at 81, tributes and reaction locally and from around the world poured in to honour - and sometimes criticise - the anti-apartheid icon. By REBECCA DAVIS and BHEKI SIMELANE.

The crowd of mourners gathered outside Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's Soweto home on Monday evening was evidence of a woman who remained adored by millions of South Africans until the end of her life.

"I always wished to meet her," Soweto resident Zakhele Shabala lamented.

"It will take eternity to get someone like her. We aspired to have a female president because of her."

To Emily Mafunda, Madikizela-Mandela was "a true fighter. A true imbokodo. A dignified mother. A role model."

Talking to Soweto residents, Daily Maverick found no hint of the conflict and ambivalence which had characterised Madikizela-Mandela's later political life - only grief.

ANC leaders also made no mention of the turbulent relationship that Madikizela-Mandela had experienced with the ruling party in recent years.

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