The life of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Published 11:56 AM ET, Mon April 2, 2018
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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, an anti-apartheid activist in South Africa and the former wife of late President Nelson Mandela, has died at the age of 81. The outspoken campaigner was known as the "Mother of the Nation" because of her struggle against white minority rule in South Africa. She was a member of South Africa's parliament at the time of her death. Themba Hadebe/AP
Winnie Madikizela and Nelson Mandela married in South Africa in 1958. Gallo Images / Rex Features/AP
The Mandelas were married for 38 years, including the 27 years that he was imprisoned on an island near Cape Town, South Africa. I.D.A.F/SIPA/Newscom
People gather in support of Madikizela-Mandela as she leaves a court in Pretoria, South Africa, in 1964. Her husband had just been sentenced to life in prison. AP
Madikizela-Mandela is pictured in 1977, during her exile in Brandfort, South Africa. Gallo Images/Getty Images
Madikizela-Mandela, center, celebrates alongside her daughter Zindzi and other supporters following her release from Johannesburg Magistrates Court. She had been arrested for defying a court order that banned her from entering Soweto, an area at the center of the anti-apartheid movement in Johannesburg. Gideon Mendel/Corbis/Getty Images
Madikizela-Mandela and her two daughters -- Zenani, left, and Zindzi -- arrive at Cape Town's airport to visit her imprisoned husband in 1985. Greg English/AP Images
Madikizela-Mandela is pictured with her grandson in 1986. David Turnley/Corbis Historical/Corbis/Getty Images
Madikizela-Mandela poses in traditional dress in 1986. David Turnley/Corbis Historical/Corbis/Getty Images
Madikizela-Mandela appears at an African National Congress rally in Soweto. Gideon Mendel/Corbis Historical/Getty Images
Nelson Mandela is joined by his wife after being released from prison in February 1990. Allen Tannenbaum/
Mandela leans in to kiss his wife at a rally in March 1990. Premium Archive/Gallo Images/Getty Images
A portrait of the Mandelas. The pair divorced in 1996. Camera Press/Redux
The Mandelas meet with Coretta Scott King, widow of civil-rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., in 1990. Linda Schaefer/Moment Editorial/Flickr Vision/Getty Images
The Mandelas are welcomed by former first lady Jackie Kennedy during a visit to Boston in 1990. Ira Wyman/Sygma/Getty Images
Madikizela-Mandela shakes hands with supporters in Rustenburg, South Africa, in 1997. She had just been elected president of the African National Congress Women's League. STR/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Madikizela-Mandela leads a protest march during an international AIDS conference in Durban, South Africa, in 2000. JUDA NGWENYA/REUTERS/Newscom
Madikizela-Mandela, right, joins her ex-husband and his third wife, Graca Machel, during his 90th birthday celebrations in Tshwane, South Africa, in 2008. Michelly Rall/WireImage/Getty Images
Madikizela-Mandela attends her ex-husband's state funeral in 2013. Dlangamandla/Camera Press/Foto24/Felix/Redux
Madikizela-Mandela greets a crowd of supporters in Soweto for her 80th birthday in 2016. MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images
Madikizela-Mandela joins the hands of South African President Jacob Zuma, left, and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa during an African National Congress policy conference in 2017. GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images