Breaking: Winnie Mandela dies, aged 81

Happy Birthday Winnie Mandela: The Twitter reacts are beyond lovely

She fought for her freedom in every way possible. We pay tribute to the ‘mother of South Africa’

Breaking: Winnie Mandela dies, aged 81

We are proud of Winnie Mandela. In wanting to wish her a happy birthday in a way that does her justice, that’s the first thing that comes to mind. Our immense pride in a woman who fought tooth and nail for justice alongside her husband.

Her Khoza name ‘Nomzamo’ translates to ‘she who tries’. We couldn’t have put it any better. Her activism and struggle for justice came at great personal costs, but her sacrifice made one of South Africa’s most important freedom fighters.

South Africans online share their best wishes

Winnie turned 81 today, and we are doing something a little different in her honour. Usually, our Twitter Reacts pieces are a sideways swipe at the news. However, it seems the Twitterverse is the perfect place to see what Mrs Mandela means to South Africa.

She has been celebrated by citizens, politicians, media giants and those who know her intimately. We’ve gathered the most heartwarming tributes to her, as Mzansi gathers to show how proud they are of Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela:

Happy Birthday Winnie Mandela: How Twitter Celebrated

High profile praise came from the EFF and the musician Ntsiki Mazwai:


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Plenty chose to highlight everything she had to suffer to lead South Africa to its liberation:



And the rest? Well, they were incredibly grateful. Thanks Winnie!