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South Africa: Hundreds mourn 'mother of the nation' Winnie Mandela

South Africa, Johannesburg
April 3, 2018 at 06:35 GMT -00:00 · Published

Winifred Madikizela-Mandela‚ a stalwart in the fight against apartheid wife of Nelson Mandela, has died at the age of 81 in Johannesburg on Monday.

Footage filmed on Monday evening shows Milpark Hospital, where she passed away, and hundreds including President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa gathered outside her house in the township of Soweto, Johannesburg, to honour her.

"Winnie Mandela lastly leaves a huge legacy. And as we say in African culture, a gigantic tree has fallen and this is the Winnie Mandela's tree that provided shade for the people of South Africa," Ramaphosa said.

According to the Mandela family spokesperson, she died after a long illness. Just a month ago she appeared on television together with Ramaphosa.

South Africa: Hundreds mourn 'mother of the nation' Winnie Mandela03:26
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Winifred Madikizela-Mandela‚ a stalwart in the fight against apartheid wife of Nelson Mandela, has died at the age of 81 in Johannesburg on Monday.

Footage filmed on Monday evening shows Milpark Hospital, where she passed away, and hundreds including President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa gathered outside her house in the township of Soweto, Johannesburg, to honour her.

"Winnie Mandela lastly leaves a huge legacy. And as we say in African culture, a gigantic tree has fallen and this is the Winnie Mandela's tree that provided shade for the people of South Africa," Ramaphosa said.

According to the Mandela family spokesperson, she died after a long illness. Just a month ago she appeared on television together with Ramaphosa.

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