11 April 2018. The South African High Commission in Ghana has held a Memorial Service at the Airport Residential Area for the former anti-apartheid activist; the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandala on Wednesday, 11 April, 2018.
The Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and the Zimbabwean Ambassador to Ghana, Mrs Pavelyn Tendai Musaka in her tribute mentioned Winnie Mandela was an inspiration to the people of Africa, the world at large and the generations yet unborn since she led the political liberation of the down trodden during the apartheid era. She added that her contribution was enormous and was much clearer now in her death.
The Minister for Aviation, Hon Cecilia Dapaah who read a speech on behalf of the President Ghana; Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo stated that the anti-apartheid activist was a courageous woman who remained a source of inspiration and hope for everyone.
She said that Winnie Mandela would forever be in the hearts of many as an icon of strength, strong will and dedication to the course of freedom and justice for all Africans.
The event saw the First Lady of the land, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, some Ministers of State; Members of the Diplomatic Corps among others participate in the Memorial Service.
Madikizela-Mandela was married to Nelson Mandela for 38 years, including the 27 years he was imprisoned on an island near Cape Town. She was a long time stalwart of the ANC and a member of South Africa’s Parliament at the time of her death.
Madikizela-Mandela died in a Johannesburg hospital on April 2 at the age of 81, after what her family said was a long illness. She was known as the “Mother of the Nation” because of her struggle against white minority rule in South Africa.