Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the South African anti-apartheid activist and former wife of Nelson Mandela, has died peacefully following a long illness, a family spokesman said in a statement. ‘She fought valiantly against the apartheid state and sacrificed her life for the freedom of the country,’ the statement continued. ‘She kept the memory of her imprisoned husband Nelson Mandela alive during his years on Robben Island and helped give the struggle for justice in South Africa one its most recognisable faces.’

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela dies aged 81

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