Letter to the Editor

Demise of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela global loss

Dear editor,
THE demise of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the ex-wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela, is indeed a global loss. Winnie who died on April 1, 2018 at the age of 81 was a social worker.
Winnie and Nelson played a significant role in fighting apartheid, which was orchestrated by the minority white rulers. Apartheid was discriminatory against the Africans and Mandela was imprisoned at Robben Island for 27 years from 1964 to 1991.
Despite her husband being incarcerated, she continued advocating unity among South Africans by fighting apartheid minority rule.
By virtue of the above, she earned herself the title of ‘Mother of the nation’. Winnie was recognised by the entire world because she was a unifying factor and a peace-maker.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has given Winnie a three-day state funeral from April 11 to 14 and she will be interred or rather buried on April 14.
Go well mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. You fought a good fight. May her soul rest in eternal peace.
ELEMIYA PHIRI
Lusaka


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