Photo taken 11th February, 1990 – The day that Nelson Mandela walked free from a South African prison after serving 27 years as a political prisoner charged with treason. This historic event was beamed out live to television and radio networks around the world. His wife Winnie Mandela was waiting for him and together they walk to the car, holding up their fists in the African National Congress (ANC) salute. During the Apartheid years, the salute was banned.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has died today in South Africa in a Johannesburg hospital after battling a long illness, for which she had been in and out of hospital over the past year, said her family. She was 81 years old. In January this year, South African media report that she was admitted to hospital with a kidney infection.
Family statement published by the South Africa’s Sowetan Live news within the last half hour, after news first broke of her death.
Between 1948 and 1994, South Africa was governed under all white minority government rule that enforced Apartheid, a brutal and repressive system of racial separation and discrimination between blacks and whites.
Life was brutal and harsh for black South Africans during the Apartheid years. The system and government did not recognise them as equal citizens.
As a result of South Africa’s Apartheid system of government, it attracted international condemnation including trade boycotts and protests particularly from 1970s to 1990s.
Many black South Africans lost their lives, among them their own freedom fighters and white South Africans who supported the fight for freedom from Apartheid.
Madiba, the Xhosa clan chief name of Nelson Mandela – was a leading freedom fighter, a revolutionary in the fight against Apartheid. He was a member of the Thembu royal family.
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