Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the South African anti-apartheid activist and ex-wife of the late President Nelson Mandela, has died in a Johannesburg hospital after a long illness, several news outlets reported Monday. She was 81.
A trained social worker, Madikizela-Mandela was as impassioned as her famed husband in the fight against apartheid, particularly during his imprisonment, as she herself was jailed several times for the cause.
Mandela, who died in 2013, was elected as South Africa’s first Black president four years after his release from the Robben Island prison, but he and Madikizela-Mandela divorced two years later. The couple had two daughters.