SWAPO MOURNS WINNIE MADIKIZELA-MANDELA

NAMIBIA: CONDOLENCES/NBC/3/4/18 SABANews 1

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

WINDHOEK – The ruling SWAPO Party of NAMIBIA has sent a condolence message to all SOUTH AFRICANS following the death of liberation icon, WINNIE MADIKIZELA-MANDELA.

Secretary-General SOPHIA SHANINGWA has described the late Ms MADIKIZELA-MANDELA as a fearless freedom fighter whose mission was to end apartheid and colonialism in her country.

Ms SHANINGWA says Ms MADIKIZELA-MANDELA was ONE of the brave women who fearlessly confronted the enemy head on.

She says during the imprisonment of her former husband, the late former President NELSON MANDELA, Ms MADIKIZELA-MANDELA apartheid authorities jailed and placed her in solitary confinement.

Ms SHANINGWA also says the legacy Ms MADIKIZELA-MANDELA has left will continue to inspire women the world over, given her contribution to the liberation struggle.

Ms MADIKIZELA-MANDELA, widely known as Mother of the SOUTH AFRICAN Nation, died at the age of 81 after a long illness at the MILPARK Hospital in the commercial capital, JOHANNESBURG.

Meanwhile, media reports from SOUTH AFRICA say the ruling AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS has plans for 10-day-long activities meant to honour the late revolutionary.

They say ANC Secretary-General ACE MAGASHULE has visited MADIKIZELA-MANDELA’s home for discussions on the major events with the family.

SABC News quotes President CYRIL RAMAPHOSA as saying the late Ms MADIKIZELA-MANDELA will get an official burial on 14 APRIL.

The Head of State says there will be an official memorial service on the 11TH of this month, as well as many other commemorative functions in almost every province of SOUTH AFRICA./Sabanews/cam

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