Former president Nelson Mandela and Winnie Mandela after his release. (Photo: Google Images)
Former president Nelson Mandela and Winnie Mandela after his release.
(Photo: Google Images)

BBC Africa is reporting anti-Apartheid activist and freedom fighter Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has died.  The former wife of South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela, “succumbed peacefully in the early hours of Monday afternoon surrounded by her family and loved ones,” following a long illness, which had seen her go in and out of hospital since the start of the year,” said family spokesman Victor Dlamini.

The article reported retired archbishop and Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu praised her as a “defining symbol of the struggle against apartheid”.

“Her courageous defiance was deeply inspirational to me, and to generations of activists,” he added.

This story is developing.  Read more on the BBC here.

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