The AU

Its Permanent Representative

and the African Diaspora

Monday, April 2, 2018

We at the African Union Mission to the United States of America note with deep sadness the death of South African struggle icon, Mama Winnie Madikizela Mandela.

We mourn the passing of this great patriot and pan Africanist, whose fight against the brutal and vicious Apartheid system inspired and fired up the fight for liberation not just in Africa but in other parts of the continent and the Diaspora. Winnie Mandela’s revolutionary role is lauded globally, earning her recognition, awards, and accolades, the most recent an honorary doctorate by the renowned Makerere University.

Mama Mdikizela Mandela had an extraordinary fighting spirit that carried a lifelong dislike for inequality and injustice. She had a deep and passionate aversion for the suffering of the black majority and despite her imprisonment, banishment, torture, and arrest Winnie carried on with her unwavering leadership to inspire South Africans and other Africans worldwide.

Like a true African woman, she single-handedly mothered not only her children but thousands of others who rallied behind her unwavering activism to make South Africa a better country. Her home was a home of all South Africans

We in the African Union will ensure that her hard work, her struggle, and her achievements continue to encourage, motivate and inspire us. Hamble Kahle Winnie Madikizela Mandela