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.
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:
High profile praise came from the EFF and the musician Ntsiki Mazwai:
EFF wishes Mama #WinnieMandela a Happy Birthday ????✊???? pic.twitter.com/ISkbD0J6r8
— EFF (@EFFSouthAfrica) September 26, 2017
Winnie Mandela was the loudest voice in South afrika during apartheid…..the voice they couldn’t silence. #winnieMandela
— ntsikimazwai.com (@ntsikimazwai) September 26, 2017
Happy Birthday to Mama #WinnieMandela she’s a true revolutionary. I want to remind you that she’s a feminist. ✊✊✊ pic.twitter.com/XsghdD3mGY
— MaZikode (@AneleZMaphumulo) September 26, 2017
Quotes by #WinnieMandela on her birthday. pic.twitter.com/8fym3BfKTY
— SABC News Online (@SABCNewsOnline) September 26, 2017
Plenty chose to highlight everything she had to suffer to lead South Africa to its liberation:
I admire #WinnieMandela. Separated from her husband and kids. Spent 491 days in solitary confinement. Ndikunqwenelela usuku lokuzalwa! pic.twitter.com/x6xlRmToIO
— Christo (@ChristoThurston) September 26, 2017
You took the beatings, humiliation, harassment and public judgment and yet you were never broken. Happy Birthday Mama weSizwe #WinnieMandela pic.twitter.com/V62X0w0jUn
— Ke Morapedi (@morapeditj) September 26, 2017
Apartheid tried hard to break her
Solitary confinement constant harassment separation from kids
N she faught on
— CoolHeadedGal (@MsLovelymeee) September 26, 2017
And the rest? Well, they were incredibly grateful. Thanks Winnie!
Mama Winnie is not appreciated enough. The only first lady who made an impact in this country. Happy birthday mother of SA. #WinnieMandela
— Miss Eden ???? (@HeatherKunene) September 26, 2017
She’s a mother of the nation. Mother of the struggle. She’s a hero, role model. We celebrate Nomzamo today. Happy birthday #WinnieMandela pic.twitter.com/TD5L44wpTD
— Bee Kay (@The_Blessing01) September 26, 2017
#WinnieMandela Fearless! Resilient! Pillar! Mother to a nation! Leader! The GIANT behind the man. Happy Birthday Mama Winnie!!!
— Pat (@JustPatNje) September 26, 2017
???? #WinnieMandela pic.twitter.com/vQPwfao2j2
— THIZZY4 (@THIZZY_M) September 26, 2017