Nasty Nas went to Instagram Monday (April 2) to remember Mandela’s life with a throwback pic.
Fellow New York rapper Talib Kweli took things a step further and spoke on her leadership.
One of our greatest soldiers and freedom fighters has joined the ancestors. Rest In Peace sister Winnie Mandela. Let’s all take time to reflect on what we can do for the liberation of oppressed people worldwide. Winnie didn’t hesitate. She acted. And without her strength and support we would not have fought as hard for Nelson Mandela’s freedom as we did. Salute this powerful, beautiful, excellent African woman.
According to reports, Winnie Mandela died a few hours ago at the age of 81.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, whose hallowed place in the pantheon of South Africa’s liberators was eroded by scandal over corruption, kidnapping, murder and the adulterous implosion of her fabled marriage to Nelson Mandela, died early Monday in Johannesburg. She was 81. Her death, at the Netcare Milpark Hospital, was announced by her spokesman, Victor Dlamini. He said in a statement that she died “after a long illness, for which she had been in and out of hospital since the start of the year.” (New York Times)
In addition to her social work, Winnie is widely known for her long marriage to late civil rights activist Nelson Mandela.
The couple were divorced in 1996, two years after Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s first black President. They had two daughters together. Nelson Mandela died in 2013. A longtime stalwart of the ruling African National Congress political party, Madikizela-Mandela was a member of South Africa’s parliament at the time of her death. Although the activist, who suffered from diabetes, saw the rise of a new, more equitable South African political system during her lifetime, she was also entangled in controversy over the years. (CNN)