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South African anti-apartheid activist and politician Winnie Mandela has passed away at a hospital in Johannesburg. She was 81-years-old.

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Mandela, former wife of Nelson Mandela (South Africa’s first black president), was hospitalized for a kidney infection earlier this year and had a knee surgery towards the end of 2017, but her direct cause of death months later is unknown at this time.

The Washington Post reports:

At the time of her death, long after her divorce from the country’s first democratically elected president, Mrs. Madikizela-Mandela was still called the Mother of the Nation. And in many ways, she epitomized the so-called “new” South Africa far more than her idealized former husband.

Her personal assistant and family confirmed the news today (April 2), according to

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In addition to her political stance, one of her most most powerful memories included walking hand-in-hand with Nelson Mandela when was freed from prison after 27 years.

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