Former Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, has described the death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela as the exit of a true champion of the struggle for the freedom and dignity of Africans against the inhuman policy of apartheid that existed in South Africa.
Anyaoku, in a statement issued wednesday, pointed out that Winnie was for many years, the soul and public face of the anti-apartheid struggle while her husband, Nelson Mandela, was in prison.
He said: â€œHer sacrifice to the struggle was immense. For example, she suffered banishment by the apartheid regime to a solitary area in Brandfort for a number of years.
â€œI remember the iconic and unforgettable picture of Winnie and Nelson Mandela walking hand in hand from Victor Verster prison on the day of Nelsonâ€™s release in February 1990 after 27 years as a prisoner.
â€œAnd I recall with nostalgia her grace and dignity at my very first official dinner as Commonwealth Secretary-General which my wife and I hosted in London on July 5, 1990, in honour of Nelson and Winnie Mandela.
â€œWinnieâ€™s passing is indeed an exit of a true champion of the struggle for the freedom and dignity of Africans against the inhuman policy of apartheid that existed in South Africa then.
â€œMy wife and I join her two daughters, Zenani and Zindziwa, and all the people of South Africa in mourning the demise of a woman who, notwithstanding her human frailties, was indeed a great historic figure.â€