In­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity mourns Mam’ Win­nie

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MADIK­IZELA-MAN­DELA -

Trib­utes have poured in from across the world in mem­ory of iconic strug­gle stal­wart Mam’ Win­nie Madik­izela-Man­dela, who died at the aged of 81.

In­ter­na­tional lead­ers and celebri­ties of­fered heart­felt con­do­lences and shared mem­o­ries in hon­our of Madik­izela-Man­dela, who spent her life fight­ing against the op­pres­sive apartheid in South Africa.

Among those lead­ing the trib­utes were Graca Machel, wis­dom, your fierce de­fi­ance, and your stylish beauty,” wrote Machel.

“For­tu­nately, stars shine bright­est dur­ing the dark­est of hours… Your legacy will be an up­lift­ing bea­con from which we can con­tinue to draw guid­ance and strength dur­ing dif­fi­cult times.”

“You loved our peo­ple un­con­di­tion­ally and sac­ri­ficed so much for our free­dom. It is my prayer that as be­fit­ting trib­utes are paid to you both at home and abroad, all of us will in­ter­nalise the val­ues you helped to mould and birth into ex­is­tence.”

“As a na­tion, I hope we will stand tall and proud, and as un­com­pro­mis­ing as you were in the de­fence and pro­tec­tion of our rights. As one of our bright­est stars, con­tinue to be the li­on­ess that pro­tects your chil­dren and your grand­chil­dren. Warm their hearts so that while your tran­si­tion may shake them, it does not break their spirit.”

Kenyan pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta tweeted, “In the end, her courage was re­warded she lived to see Nel­son Man­dela free she lived to see her coun­try lib­er­ated and she went on to serve a free South Africa un­til her death.”

Davis also took to Twit­ter to share a photo of Madik­izela-Man­dela, call­ing her, “A woman who epit­o­mised how the power of a woman's love, in­tel­li­gence and vi­sion can change a cul­ture.” On In­sta­gram, Hud­son posted, “Peace be still! The fight you fought will never be for­got­ten.” Hud­son played Madik­izela-Man­dela in the 2011 film, “Win­nie”.

Elba, who played Madik­izela-Man­dela’s ex-hus­band Nel­son Man­dela in the film Long Walk to Free­dom, shared, “Rest in peace Mama Win­nie. My heart is heavy right now. You lived a full and im­por­tant life con­tribut­ing to the lib­er­a­tion of a na­tion. You will never be for­got­ten.”

Jack­son said, “In the dark­est hours of the strug­gle to free South Africa, with Nel­son Man­dela in prison, the face of hope and courage was Win­nie Man­dela. May she for­ever rest in power.”

The Rev­erend Al Sharp­ton called Madik­izela-Man­dela “a true war­rior and queen”.

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