Winnie Mandela, former wife of Late South African President, Nelson Mandela is dead. According to her Personal Assistant, Zodwa Zwane‚  Winnie died on Monday at Netcare Milpark Hospital‚ Johannesburg after a long illness.

“It is with profound sadness that we inform the public that Mrs Winnie Madikizela-Mandela passed away at the Netcare Milpark Hospital‚ Johannesburg‚ South Africa on Monday April 2‚ 2018.

She died after a long illness‚ for which she had been in and out of hospital since the start of the year. She succumbed peacefully in the early hours of Monday afternoon surrounded by her family and loved ones,” Zodwa stated.

The South African Activist, got married to Nelson Mandela in the year 1958.  They had two kids together before Nelson was in the year 1963 and sentenced to life imprisonment.  He was eventually released in 1990.

During his 27-year imprisonment, Winnie campaigned for his release and the rights of black South Africans.