Winnie Mandela, anti-apartheid campaigner and the ex-wife of South Africa’s most famous and first black leader, Nelson Mandela, has died at 81.
According to the South African Herald newspaper, her personal assistant, Zodwa Zwane, confirmed her passing Monday afternoon.
“It is with profound sadness that we inform the public that Mrs Winnie Madikizela-Mandela passed away at the Netcare Milpark Hospital‚ Johannesburg‚ South Africa, on Monday April 2‚ 2018,” the assistant said.
Mrs. Mandela had been in and out of hospital since the beginning of the year following a long illness. She died peacefully surrounded by friends and loved ones, a family statement said.
Details of her funeral will be released soon, the family statement added.