Issa birthday: Mama Winnie Madikizela- Mandela turns 81

South African activist and liberation icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela celebrated her 81st birthday on Tuesday 26 September.

Madikizela Mandela was born Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe and is the fifth of nine children.

702 host Azania Mosaka, social media users and listeners took a moment to wish the icon a superb birthday.

To me she's a pillar, a supporter and an icon.

Sandile, caller

No one pushed the struggle more than mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Beloved, caller

She's an absolute rock and will always be my hero. She should have been the first black president.

Tiffany, caller

Mosaka then dedicated Jazz singer, Sathima Bea Benjamin's '_Winnie Mandela-Beloved Heroine' _to Madikizela- Mandela.

Winnie Mandela, beautiful and brave is she.

A symbol of courage to all who strive to be free

We love her grace and dignity

Beloved heroine is she.

She leads the way,

Never showing doubts and fears.

Soft gentle eyes,

Reflecting all those unshared tears.

The endless days, lonely nights.

All filled with tender sweet memories of him.

Their great love, she holds so dear.

Together, though torn apart.

She carries deep within 
her heart,

His dreams, her dream, their vision: peace and freedom for us all.


This article first appeared on 702 : Issa birthday: Mama Winnie Madikizela- Mandela turns 81


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