Three years after her death, the family of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela will not be hosting any commemoration celebrations out of respect to the front-line workers fighting COVID-19.
To do so would be irresponsible and taint Mam’ Winnie’s legacy, as one of the most influential ANC struggle stalwarts.
Her death on 2 April 2018, at the age of 81 following a year in and out of hospital, hit the country hard.
It is with profound sadness that we inform the public that Mrs Winnie Madikizela-Mandela passed away at the Netcare Milpark Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa on Monday 2 April 2018.#RIPWinnie pic.twitter.com/K6BF6VxZmp
— Winnie Mandela (@winniemandela) April 3, 2018
Her family decided against a 3rd-anniversary commemoration to celebrate her life because of the impact of COVID-19 on the country.
The current state of the regulations set by the President needs to be adhered to and the timing is not right, with so many of the country’s frontline workers losing their lives during the pandemic.
Her daughter, Zenani Mandela-Dlamini said her mother will always be cherished and the family is planning a quiet, intimate way to honor the legacy of her mother.
Mam’ Winnie was an unapologetic voice in the fight against apartheid, enduring all manners of police brutality including isolation and torture.
She remains a dominant defining force in the country’s freedom and inspiring women in the country to rise up and take their place in South Africa.
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