South African anti-apartheid hero, known as Mother of the Nation, and former first lady Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has passed away. She was aged 81. She and her former husband Nelson Mandela, led and became the symbols of the stuggle to liberate South Africa from the apartheid. They endured suffering, including long term jails.
When her husband was jailed for close to three decades, she remained at the forefront of the liberation movement, coordinating undergroung activists, from inside the country. Her tenacity eventually led to the victory and the release of Nelson Mandela, who became the first president of the independent and free South Africa. She also served in the government.