JOHANNESBURG– The African Union (AU) Commission says Africa has lost an icon on liberation with the passing of South Africa’s Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and it expressed its condolences to the country and the family of Madikizela-Mandela.
The Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, said in a message received here Wednesday that Africa would forever remember Madikizela-Mandela as a fearless campaigner who sacrificed much of her life for freedom in South Africa.
The AU honours her for what it called her never-relenting struggle and unwavering commitment, despite imprisonment, banishment, and decades-long separation from her then husband, Nelson Mandela, during his imprisonment.
In 2017, the AU awarded Winnie a lifetime achievement award in absentia. This was in recognition of the way she paved the way for women in the struggle to end Apartheid and fought relentlessly for their rights and welfare in her country.
Heads of State from different member states of the African Union continue to express their respects and praises for a woman whom they describe s a heroine of the continent.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK