JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's state broadcaster says Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, prominent anti-apartheid activist and the ex-wife of Nelson Mandela, has died. She was 81.
Madikizela-Mandela was married to Nelson Mandela from 1958 to 1996. Mandela was imprisoned throughout most of their marriage and Madikizela-Mandela's own activism against the apartheid regime led to her being imprisoned for months and years under house arrest.
Her political activism was marred by a kidnapping and assault conviction in 1991, for which she was fined. She faced these allegations again during the 1997 hearings before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a panel that investigated apartheid-era crimes.
As a parliamentarian after South Africa's first all-race elections, she was convicted of fraud. Still, she was widely venerated in South Africa for her role in fighting white minority rule.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Nelson Mandela's wife, has passed away at 81. "She died after a long illness... She succumbed peacefully in the early hours of Monday afternoon surrounded by her family and loved ones," the Mandela family said in a statement. pic.twitter.com/Wcuzo1o2Bo— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 2, 2018
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