Birthday messages poured in for Winnie Madikizela Mandela as she turned 81 on Tuesday.
Mandela received well wishes from some of the prominent figures in South Africa, such as politicians, media personalities and social activists.
She was married to Nelson Mandela for 38 years and had two daughters (Zenani Dlamini and Zindzi Mandela). Winnie remained married to Mandela throughout the 27 years he spent imprisoned in Robben Island.
Although they were still married at the time he became president of South Africa in May 1994, the couple had separated two years earlier. Their divorce was finalised on 19 March 1996.
To date, Madikizela Mandela still uses her ex-husband's last name.
Here are some of the birthday wishes for Mama Winnie Mandela:
Happy birthday to Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela-Mandela, the fearless mother of the nation, tried and tested leader. pic.twitter.com/uyIO2oSvxI— Mzilikazi wa Afrika (@IamMzilikazi) September 26, 2017
Happy Birthday Mam' Winnie! pic.twitter.com/m4KUwtIdir— Sizwe Dhlomo (@SizweDhlomo) September 26, 2017