UN chief lauds Winnie Mandela

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Added On April 15, 2018

The UN Secretary-General has lauded Winnie Madikizela-Mandela as a towering figure in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.
 
Guterres made the remarks on Friday at the memorial service for Madikizela-Mandela at the UN Headquarters in New York.
 
SOUNDBITE: ANTONIO GUTERRES, UN Secretary-General
"Today, as we remember her, the United Nations reaffirms its commitment to the ideals of equality, justice and humanity for all."
 
As a former wife of the late Nelson Mandela, Winnie died at the age of 81 on April 2nd in Johannesburg, South Africa.
 
SOUNDBITE: ANTONIO GUTERRES, UN Secretary-General
"Faced with the most heinous of racist and discriminatory regimes, she helped lead the way in showing what it takes to overcome such tyranny – strength, defiance and courage."
 
The UN Chief added that she endured surveillance, harassment, torture and imprisonment, including solitary confinement, making huge personal sacrifices.
 
SOUNDBITE: ANTONIO GUTERRES, UN Secretary-General 
"She was an international symbol of resistance who left an indelible mark on the history of the 20th century. The outpouring of condolences since her passing shows what an enormous impact she had, not only on the people of South Africa and on the African continent, but for millions around the world."
 
In her later years, Winnie Mandela encountered accusations of corruption, extreme physical brutality, kidnapping, even murder.
 
SOUNDBITE: ANTONIO GUTERRES, UN Secretary-General  
"As a strong and fearless woman, she had to fight patriarchy's definitions of womanhood. In apartheid South Africa, the combination of patriarchy and racism together meant that black women confronted enormous obstacles from the cradle to the grave – making her own achievements all the more exceptional."
 
In the decades-long fight against apartheid, the United Nations stood with Winnie Mandela and all those in South Africa, who faced unrelenting racism and discrimination.