The Foundation for Human Rights (FHR) joins the nation in expressing its condolences to the family of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on her passing.
We wish the family strength and comfort to the two daughters and grandchildren. As we mourn her passing, we also celebrate her life.
Winnie remains an enduring symbol of South Africa’s unbroken spirit in its fight for liberation. She is revered in South Africa and the African continent. The fruits of freedom we enjoy today would not have been possible, without women of her stature, shaking the tree.
Though not perfect, even by her admission, nothing can diminish her role as a leader in her own right rather than just wife and former wife of South Africa’s founding democracy President Nelson Mandela.
She was not afraid to speak truth both to the apartheid government and the government of the party she belonged to.
The best way to honour her is to recapture the spirit of the women of her generation that fought for freedom, stood by their imprisoned husbands, defended their children and comrades.
In Madikizela-Mandela’s life is a script in which young women and aspirant ones can draw from to feature themselves as stars in their various stations of life.
She will best be remembered as someone who stood tall to face it all, through fire and light, as a flag bearer of the liberation cause through its setbacks and breakthroughs.
Though gone, she remains a special part of us all.
Foundation for Human Rights