Winnie Mandela Slays at 80th Birthday Bash

Winnie Mandela
Winnie Mandela Image: SABC

It seems that even in South Africa, Black don’t crack.

The most popular evidence of that among the people there would be that of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the shero of the nation’s fight and triumph against apartheid. In a celebration of her upcoming 80th birthday, she slayed at a dinner honoring her  last week at Capetown’s Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel as well-wishers thanked her for her service and sacrifice.

“Much as (political leader) Julius Malema and I disagree on many things, we agree on ‘mam uWinnie Mandela’s lasting beauty‚” said African National Congress Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. It was also noticeable that, at least briefly, she was able to bring Malema and Ramaphosa, two political foes, together for a photo opp.

Mandela, the former spouse of the late South African President Nelson Mandela is heralded in the nation as one of its most staunch freedom fighters. Called the “Mother of the Nation,” she will mark turning 80 on Sept. 26.

Take a look at some of her remarks at the event.

Madikizela-Mandela said that when she fully recovers from back surgery she had earlier this year, she will lead a campaign for the widows and orphans of the 2015 Marikana massacre.