Former South Africa’s First Lady Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Dies At 81

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela dies aged 81

South African anti-apartheid campaigner was married to Nelson Mandela when he was imprisoned on Robben Island.

South African anti-apartheid campaigner was married to Nelson Mandela when he was imprisoned on Robben Island.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, an anti-apartheid stalwart and wife to Nelson Mandela when he was imprisoned on Robben Island, has died, her personal assistant Zodwa Zwane said.

Winnie Madikizela Mandela was the former wife of South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela.

The couple – famously pictured hand-in-hand as Mr Mandela walked free from prison after 27 years – were a symbol of the anti-apartheid struggle for nearly three decades.

However, in later years her reputation became tainted legally and politically.

Her family are expected to release a statement later today.

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She was 81.

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