President Akufo-Addo has expressed his saddness by the news of the demise of the former wife of late Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela, who died yesterday, April 2, 2018 at age 81.
In a post on his facebook page this morning, President Akufo-Addo said the name of the astute politician will be in the minds of many for a very long time.
Expressing his sadness, the President described her as a “fearless and remarkable woman.”
“I’m deeply saddened by the news of the death of Winnie Mandela. Her name will echo down the ages, and will forever be remembered as a freedom fighter and a fearless and remarkable woman. Rest in perfect peace ‘Mama Wetu.’ You’ve earned it,” the posted stated.
According to histroy, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela joined the struggle to end apartheid after working as a hospital social worker in the 1950s. Around that time, she met her future husband, who was a lawyer and human rights activist. After he was arrested for his political activities, she raised two young daughters alone.
She campaigned for his release and to rally support in South Africa and internationally for the anti-apartheid movement. She was also imprisoned and tortured, and she faced constant security threats.
When apartheid ended, she became a member of Parliament and served as deputy minister of arts and culture.
Winnie Mandela, the controversial wife of South African human rights icon and president Nelson Mandela, has died, according to several news outlets. She was 81. In this Sept. 26, 2016 photo she acknowledges a crowd to celebrate her 80th birthday in Johannesburg South Africa.
By Maxwell Ofori/ghanaianchronicle.com.gh