Jamaican dignitaries celebrate Winnie Mandela

April 03, 2018
FILE -- In this December 10, 2013 file photo Winnie Madikizela-Mandela listens to speeches during the memorial service for her ex-husband, former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg.


Jamaica's leaders yesterday hailed former first lady of South Africa Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who passed away at age 81. Prime Minister Holness said Mandela's death brings into focus the significant struggle of black people throughout the world against racism and in particular apartheid in South Africa.

"Winnie Mandela was a symbol of the black struggle against oppression and injustice. We here in Jamaica supported her in that struggle as she maintained the legacy of her then husband Nelson Mandela while he was locked away for 27 years," he said.

Holness said Mandela was a part of Jamaica, and the country "has lost a friend and inspiration."

The People's National Party hailed Mandela as an outstanding figure in the fight against apartheid.

In a release, the party said Mandela "was unflinching in her quest to rid South Africa of the system of hate based on racial lines that segregated, brutalised and murdered thousands of black South Africans."

Winnie and Nelson Mandela visited Jamaica on July 24, 1991.

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