We have loved her in life, let us not forget her after death. Long Live Mme Nomzamo Winifred Madikizela-Mandela – Long Live the Mother of the Nation.
Struggle veteran Mme Winnie‚ lived a meaningful life despite all the suffering and pain she endured. She fought valiantly against the apartheid state and sacrificed her life for the freedom of our country – Our beloved South Africa.
Her activism and resistance to apartheid not only made South Africa a better place bit-by-bit, but also led to her torture, lose and heartbreak, her efforts to fight against an unjust system landed her in jail on numerous occasions, yet she never gave up. A stalwart in the fight against apartheid truly lived, loved and died at the age of 81 on April 2, 2018. Robala ka kgotso.
Death comes to us all and with it being a ubiquitous part of life that everyone will experience at some point, it’s important to remember to live life to the fullest, to accomplish your mission on earth, break the shackles that keep you bound and conquer giants. We need to understand that the walk to freedom, happiness, success and total fulfilment is not always easy, so in our endeavours to achieving our goals we need to be ready to get up again and fight for what we believe in.
In 1991‚ Mme Winnie was convicted of kidnapping and being an accessory to assault of Stompie Seipei‚ a young activist who was killed by a member of her bodyguards‚ the Mandela United Football Club. Her six-year jail sentence was reduced to a fine and a two-year suspended sentence on appeal.
Mme Winnie’s marriage to Ntate Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela began to struggle a few years after his release, a letter she allegedly wrote to her young lover found its way into the newspapers and then the couple divorced in 1996‚ 37 years after their marriage. She went through trials and tribulation, yet she got up and rose again and again and again and again…
A towering figure of African womanhood and activism she was and will always be.
Her life has taught so many of us the power of resilience, to show fortitude in the face of a hostile society and always bounce back.
The mother and the heartbeat of the revolution, who was a voice to many whose voices were silenced, who lived an extraordinary life, who inspired a generation of strong, fearless women, and the mother who taught us how to courageously confront challenges with unwavering strength and determination will be remembered as the brilliant person she was.
Here are some of the tweets that resonated with me:
“…We grew up admiring her courage and got older appreciating her challenges. She will be missed.” – Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
“Former DCJ Dikgang Moseneke has hailed Winnie Madikizela-Mandela as a “absolute heroine, with an incredible ability to be able to take on injustice and to soak up pain, in a way that is not immediately describable.” – Karyn Maughan
“When you character assassinate Mama Winnie… you character assassinate black people.” – Julius_Sello_Malema
“The Freedom Charter says South Africa belongs to all who live in it. That is the South Africa I wish to leave one day. – Mama Winnie Madikizela Mandela in 2017” – Fikile Mbalula
A beautiful life – lived. Rest in Power Mother of the Nation.