Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in Cape Town in 2016. (Photo credit: GCIS)

The Elders mourn the death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

The Elders’ statement on the passing of South African anti-Apartheid campaigner and former first lady Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. This news release originally appeared on the website of the Elders.

The Elders express their condolences at the death of South African anti-Apartheid campaigner and former first lady Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela became an international symbol of resistance to apartheid following the imprisonment of her then husband, Nelson Mandela.

Praised for her courageous defiance during a brutal period of state terror in apartheid South Africa, her resolve – even in the most difficult personal circumstances – inspired many to continue.

Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders said,

“Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was a voice of defiance who refused to be silenced. Her life was a testament to both the strengths and weaknesses of the human character. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s courage and resilience inspired a generation of activists, both in South Africa and around the world.”