The continent has truly lost a gem. Tributes have poured in for Nomzamo Winifred Madikizela-Mandela aka Winnie Mandela who passed away at Johannesburg’s Netcare – Milpark Hospital on Monday 2 April 2018.
Winnie Mandela died at the age of 81 following a long illness. Apparently, she has been in and out of the hospital for some time now. Winnie was recently admitted due to a kidney infection.
It is no secret Winnie Mandela and her former hubby Nelson Mandela inspired millions due to their role during the apartheid era in South Africa. As expected, many influential personalities expressed their condolences.
Who can forget Idris Elba’s ‘Nelson Mandela’ role? The actor sent out his condolences via twitter
Rest in peace Mama Winnie. My heart is heavy right now. You lived a full and important life contributing to the liberation of a nation by force and ACTUAL ACTIVISM. You will never be forgotten. 👊🏾
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) April 2, 2018
South African TV personality Nomzamo Mbatha who was named after the global icon, put up a photo of the deceased with the caption….
I am not ok.
We are not ok.
But, it is well
British model Naomi Campbell also tweeted:
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
Check out more social media tributes below:
President Cyril Ramaphosa: Today we have lost a mother, a grandmother, a friend, a comrade, a leader, and an icon. As SAns, we collectively pass our condolences to the Madikizela & the Mandela families. Your loss is our loss as well. May her Soul Rest In Peace #RIPMamaWinnie pic.twitter.com/6Nj3TFlUKh
— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) April 2, 2018
The One and Only Queen from Buckingham Palace to Soweto, Mam Winnie Mandela endured so much pain, from being tortured, arrested, character assassination and being marginalized by so called comrades, “yet still I rise” #RipQueenWinneMandela pic.twitter.com/M5Ibf2IH6j
— Tbo Touch (@iamtbotouch) April 2, 2018
I don’t know why I thought she would live forever. Perhaps because she had been through so much and lived to tell the tale. Lived to see girls like myself be as bold, unapologetic and fearless as her because of her. I am shattered. R.I.P Mama.
— Anele Mdoda (@Anele) April 2, 2018
— Forest Whitaker (@ForestWhitaker) April 2, 2018