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Madikizela-Mandela died on Monday afternoon at the age of 81 after a prolonged illness.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the former wife of the late Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president, died Monday in Johannesburg.

She and her former husband, the late Nelson Mandela, who were both jailed, were a symbol of the country's anti-apartheid struggle for three decades.

In the 27 years Nelson Mandela spent in prison, Winnie led the African National Congress with the physical and indomitable courage of a streetfighter. They went on to have two daughters together.

Last January, Winnie was honored with an honorary degree from Makerere University in Uganda, she remained a parliament member until her death.

However, in later years her reputation became tainted legally and politically. "I don't think history. history has had some great women, and she was definitely one of them". "She was a strong and fearless voice in the struggle for equal rights and will be remembered as a symbol of resistance", he said.

Saftu said Madikizela-Mandela "was no angel, just like everyone else, but she will always have a very special place in the hearts of millions".

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"Hundreds of red-clad supporters of the radical opposition Economic Freedom Fighters marched to Madikizela-Mandela's home in the Johannesburg township of Soweto on Tuesday to pay homage to "the Mother of the Nation, " television footage showed". "Condolences to her close family and friends".

Meanwhile the Premier of the Northern Cape, Sylvia Lucas has described Madikizela-Mandela also as the mother of the nation.

The family said it will release details of her memorial and funeral services when they are finalized.

In 1986, she was widely linked to "necklacing", the burning alive of suspected traitors who had flaming, petrol-soaked tyres forced over their heads. Her courageous defiance was deeply inspirational to me‚ and to generations of activists.

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

"Rest in peace, Winnie Mandela".

When Nelson was released from prison in 1990, Winnie was by his side. The couple divorced in 1996, but she kept his surname and maintained ties with him. In 1991, she was found guilty of kidnapping and sentenced to six years imprisonment, which was reduced to a fine by an appeal court.