Tuesday Toast: Winnie Madikizela Mandela

The Late Winnie Madikizela Mandela fondly called “Mama Winnie” was and remains a symbol of patriotism and Pan-Africanism. She was a leader in South Africa’s most tumultuous periods and was unwavering in her fight against the terror of Apartheid in South Africa. Her resilience and courage inspired freedom struggles not only in South Africa, but across Africa and diaspora. She refused to be bowed by the imprisonment of her husband, Nelson Mandela, the perpetual harassment of her family by security forces, detentions, bannings and banishment. Madikizela-Mandela dedicated her life to the betterment of her people and she worked for this realisation right until the end of her life. She has been described as a woman of strength, of resilience and courage and a woman of uncommon determination amongst others. She remains an inspiration to both young and old who shared her vision of an egalitarian, prosperous and free South Africa – and generations of activists not just in South Africa but in Africa and the world at large today. While her mortal body may be dead, her legacy lives on. #TuesdayToast #WomanOfValour #ExemplaryLiving

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