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MPs honour Winnie Mandela

Members of Parliament have joined South Africa in honouring the life of Winnie Madikezela Mandela, who died at a Johannesburg hospital on Monday.

Winnie Madikezela Mandela, popularly known as Winnie, 81, passed away at the Netcare Milpark Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa after a long illness for which she had been in and out of hospital.

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah, while chairing plenary sitting on Tuesday, 3 April 2018 called on MPs to sign a condolence book in her memory.

The members who understand the cause for which [Winnie] Mandela stood will sign the condolence book, said Oulanyah.

Members also observed a moment of silence in Winnie's honour at the start of the plenary sitting.

Mrs. Mandela was one of the greatest icons of the struggle against apartheid. She fought valiantly against the apartheid state and sacrificed her life for the freedom of the country.

Her activism and resistance to apartheid landed her in jail on numerous occasions, eventually causing her banishment to the small town of Brandfort in then Orange Free State.

Mandela kept the memory of her imprisoned husband, Nelson Mandela, alive during his years on Robben Island and helped give the struggle for justice in South Africa one of its recognisable faces.

Mrs. Mandela dedicated most of her adult life to the cause of the people and for this was known far and wide as the Mother of the Nation.

Source: Parliament of Uganda

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