To pay tribute to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who died on Easter Monday at the Millpark Hospital after a long illness at the age of 81, different women on The Azania Mosaka Show reflected on how the struggle stalwart's life impacted their lives.
Author Sisonke Msimang said Mam' Winnie was an inspiring larger than life persona for everyone and her passing feels like an end of an era.
Winnie Mandela was more of an image and an icon for those of us who grew up in exile. Then she was someone you can touch and feel and hear. I don't remember hearing her voice growing up as a child, I remember knowing of her, I remember seeing her pictures in magazines. I remember her as a presence.— Sisonke Msimang, author
She says its only when she came back to South Africa that she was able to hear Mama Winnie's voice.
She had this amazing voice, this deep, booming confident voice. The difference between her image which was so powerful, and actually hearing her intellect, she was so sharp, so witty, you couldnt challenge her, because she was quicker than you.— Sisonke Msimang, author
Poet Vangile Gantsho shared a poem she wrote for Mam' Winnie and said the country has lost a pillar and an icon.
Pumla Gqola, Associate Professor Of Literature at Wits University, said this was a time to reflect in gratitude for having had Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in our lifetime.
She epitomised courage, she epitomised integrity, she epitomised a woman, a human being, a revolutionary who always spoke in her own name and for herself. Whether that meant taking on a big powerful apartheid regime, whether that meant standing up when she was singled out and victimised for precisely standing for herself.— Pumla Gqola, Associate Professor Of Literature at Wits University
She said Madikizela-Mandela represented a really important figure in how we think about activism but also how we think about leadership.
Listen below to how Madikizela-Mandela life impacted different women: