Fellow South Africans, it is with a profound sense of loss and deep sadness that we have
learnt of the passing away of Mam’ Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
Even at the darkest moments of our struggle for liberation, Mam’
Winnie was an abiding symbol of the desire of our people to be
In the midst of repression, she was a voice of defiance and
In the face of exploitation, she was a champion of justice and
Throughout her life she made an everlasting contribution to the
struggle through sacrifice and her unyielding determination. Her
dedication to the plight of her people gained her the love and the
respect of the nation.
For many years, she bore the brunt of the senseless brutality of the
apartheid state with stoicism and fortitude. Despite the hardships
she faced, she never doubted that the struggle for freedom and
democracy would succeed.
She remained throughout her life a tireless advocate for the
dispossessed and the marginalised. She was a voice for the
In the coming days, as we mourn the passing of this heroine of our
struggle, let us reflect on her rich, remarkable and meaningful life.
Let us draw inspiration from the struggles that she fought and the
dream of a better society to which she dedicated her life.
Today we have lost a mother, a grandmother, a friend, a comrade,
a leader and an icon.
As South Africans we collectively pass our condolences to the
Madikizela and Mandela families. Your loss is our loss as well.
May her soul rest in peace.