Fellow anti-apartheid activist and friend of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Sophia de Bruyn had spent some time with the struggle icon when she was hospitalised last month."Mam' Winnie was in her element as she reminisced on the bygone struggle days – when the guiding principles were loyalty and service to our people, especially the downtrodden ones," said De Bruyn."She was in high spirits and was talking passionately. I could feel her spirit touching me and both our emotions knew no bounds."De Bruyn praised Madikizela-Mandela for her bravery.READ: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela to be buried at same Fourways cemetery as great-granddaughter"Her courage, fearlessness, compassion and her selfless commitment to the struggle for freedom gave hope to millions of South Africans – especially during the darkest days of the struggle," she said."These qualities were strengthened through her training as a social worker and they made her very special. Throughout her life, she carried her adversity with great dignity and pride."Madikizela-Mandela died at the age of 81 on Monday afternoon after a long illness.