Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was born on 26 September 1936 which is exactly 80 years today. She is a South African activist and politician who has held several government positions and headed the African National Congress Women’s League. She is a member of the ANC’s National Executive Committee.

She was married to Nelson Mandela for 38 years, including 27 years during which he was imprisoned. Although they were still married at the time of his becoming president of South Africa in May 1994, the couple had separated two years earlier. Their divorce was finalised on 19 March 1996.


The Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) has taken to social media to celebrate with Mama Winnie as she turns 80 today and appreciate all she has done for the Republic of South Africa.

The EFF leader Julius Malema labeled her the ”The mother of the Nation” on his twitter account.

”Happy Earthday MAMA, we salute you for your revolutionary parenting ”. The Mother of all who fight 4 Justice in Africa” Malema Said.

Mama Winnie remains popular among her supporters.

Born in the Transkei, her childhood was characterised by the difficulties faced by many black South African children living in rural areas.

She was an outstanding student was noted early for her leadership qualities.

Apartheid was designed to limit black excellence but she excelled..