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Winnie Mandela

Reflecting on the third anniversary of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s passing. Statement issued by Her Royal Highness; Princess Zenani Mandela-Dlamini, South Africa’s Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, in her personal capacity.

Friday 2 April 2021, marks the third anniversary of the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Our family has received numerous requests from organisations and individuals who wish to appreciate her memory on 2 April, as well as on 26 September, on what would have been her 85th birthday.

We strongly believe that the loss of my mother, as well as that of my sister Zindzi Mandela, who passed away on 13 July 2020, cannot be separated from the grief felt by the thousands of South Africans who are still mourning the loss of their loved ones, during these uncertain times of a global pandemic.

We, as a family, will not hold any extravagant events for both these anniversaries this year. Like many of you, we have family members working in the medical services, putting themselves at risk daily, as they contribute to saving the lives of those fighting this terrible Covid-19 virus. We salute them all, as they face this dangerous battle every day, on our behalf.

We continue to reflect and honour the legacy of our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. An unapologetic stalwart who stood the test of time, in the fight against apartheid’s racist and unjust policies. Her life endured all forms of apartheid brutality, yet she continued to fight for the liberation of South Africa. She remains a significant feature in the story of our freedom and dignity as a people, with her life story inspiring many across the world, to-date.

All of us have friends, neighbours and family members who are grieving the untimely departure of those dearest to them. Let us support each other, during these times. Let us spend the anniversaries of their passing in quiet reflection and prayer for the losses that we all feel, the world over.

To the thousands of South Africans and millions around the world who are grieving, we share your pain.

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