Winnie Madikizela-Mandela passed away peacefully surrounded by family – Netcare Milpark

2018-04-02 18:09
Winnie Mandela (Mary-Ann Palmer, Netwerk24)

Winnie Mandela (Mary-Ann Palmer, Netwerk24)

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WATCH: Video from Milpark Hospital where Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has died

2018-04-02 16:49

Struggle veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has died at the age of 81, her family confirmed in a statement on Monday. Watch live from the urgent media conference called at the Netcare Milpark hospital. WATCH

The mother of the nation, mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was surrounded by her family when she passed away on Monday.

In a statement Dr Richard Friedland, the chief executive officer of Netcare said, "Mrs Mandela was surrounded by her family and loved ones.

"On behalf of Netcare we express our deep sorrow at the passing of Mrs Mandela, the mother of our nation, a heroine and struggle icon, who devoted her life to the liberation of South Africa."

Friedland said Madikizela-Mandela passed away peacefully.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with her daughters and family at this sad time," he said.

The 81-year-old, who was fondly known and the Mother of the Nation, died on Monday afternoon after a long illness.

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