As news of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s death spread on Monday afternoon, Africans inundated social media with tributes to the political stalwart.
The Mandela family confirmed that Ma Winnie had died on Monday afternoon in a Johannesburg hospital, surrounded by loved ones.
“She died after a long illness, for which she had been in and out of hospital since the start of the year. She succumbed peacefully in the early hours of Monday afternoon surrounded by her family and loved ones,” read a family statement.
The family would release details of memorial and funeral services once these had been confirmed.
Meanwhile, Africa united to pay tribute to Ma Winnie, applauding her strength and fierce nature.
A woman who epitomized how the power of a woman's love, intelligence and vision can change a culture. RIP Winnie Mandela ❤ pic.twitter.com/axAeS7re3u
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) April 2, 2018
I cherish the times I spent with you, embracing me in your family & home. You were Woman of strength that endured so much hardship and sacrifice. Without you we would not know anything about Tata and his 27 years. You will remain in my heart!! R.I.P WINNIE MANDELA ♥️🙏🏾🇿🇦 pic.twitter.com/2R9fg1t6dx
— Naomi Campbell (@NaomiCampbell) April 2, 2018
The passing of Winnie Mandela is the passing of a legend who personified the struggle against racial, gender & political injustices
— AMB: Amina C. Mohamed (@AMB_A_Mohammed) April 2, 2018
In the life of Winnie Mandela, who endured and won, we see plainly what our freedom cost. May her courage inspire us to make the most of the liberty she won for us; may her family be comforted by the memory of her heroic life; and may she rest in perpetual peace. #RIPMamaWinnie
— President of Kenya (@PresidentKE) April 2, 2018
Very sorry to hear about the death of comrade Winnie Mandela. I salute her contribution to the resistance in South Africa, especially during the time Mzee Mandela was in prison.
— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) April 2, 2018
"There is no longer anything I can fear. There is nothing the government has not done to me. There isn't any pain I haven't known." -Winnie Mandela
Without such powerful and brave women, the quest for freedom would suffer big setbacks. #RIPWinnieMandela pic.twitter.com/NveMBy1iHk
— BOBI WINE (@HEBobiwine) April 2, 2018
Mother Winnie, it took me all day to find the words and I still came up with nothing that captures the undeniable love, the unforgettable warmth and formidable advice on perseverance that you’ve offered me. Rest In Peace, the great Winnie Mandela. pic.twitter.com/xCJ1lX4vv9
— Tamron Hall (@tamronhall) April 3, 2018