A black and white photo of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on the flag of the party in power ANC, at a vigil in Durban, on April 2, 2018
South Africa paid tribute to the “fighting spirit” of Winnie Mandela on Tuesday and prepared several events to remember the life of this tenacious militant against the apartheid regime and ex-wife of Nelson Mandela.
Winnie Mandela died in a hospital in Johannesburg on Monday at age 81 after “a long illness,” said his spokesman.
Winnie Madikizela Mandela, who “was one of the greatest icons of the struggle against apartheid,” “sacrificed her life for the freedom of South Africa,” he stressed.
On Tuesday, sympathizers continued to pass by in front of his home. They began to approach their humble home of red bricks in the municipality of Soweto as soon as news of his death on Monday came.
Supporters of the ANC party in power gathered in front of Winnie Mandela’s house in Soweto, on April 2, 2018
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, the highest authority of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party, recalled this figure as “voice of challenge and resistance”.
The nation will pay tribute to him during the official funeral that will take place on April 14, the president announced.
The opponent Julius Malema, founder of the Fighters for Economic Freedom (EFF, radical left), who in recent years became his confidant, is expected to arrive at the home of Winnie Mandela.
The EFF will pay homage “to the fighting spirit” of Winnie Mandela.
“Winnie expressed at the same time the love and anger of the black people, always willing to defend their lives even with arms against the diabolic regime of apartheid,” the EFF wrote in a statement.
The ANC women’s league, which was run by Winnie Mandela at the time, will march to his home at 1:00 p.m. GMT on Tuesday.
– “Brutality of apartheid” –
Nelson Mandela and his wife Winnie salute at the exit of the Mandela prison on February 11, 1990
The couple he formed with Nelson Mandela for more than 30 years embodied the stubborn fight against the racist regime.
In 1990, the image of Nelson Mandela leaving prison in the hands of Winnie went around the world.
However, a year later she was convicted of kidnapping and assault in the Stompie Moeketsi case, a 14-year-old boy who was killed.
In 1992, she separated from her husband and they divorced in 1996 after a legal process that revealed her relationship with a young bodyguard.
Turned into a controversial figure, in her last years Winnie was considered again as “mother of the Nation” and symbol of the struggle that her ex-husband and of the whole country incarnated against apartheid.
President Ramaphosa said that Winnie Mandela “never doubted that the struggle for freedom and democracy would triumph.”
Often criticized by the ANC, Winnie Mandela had given her support to the current leader of the party with which Nelson Mandela became in 1994 the first black president of the country.
“In African culture, we sing when we are wounded,” Winnie Ngwenya, 64, one of the supporters who came to the house of the deceased, told AFP on Monday. at night.
In one of his last public appearances at an ANC conference in December in Johannesburg he was greeted with applause.