Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Congresswoman Maxine Waters Statement on the Transition of Apartheid Activist and Icon, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Congresswoman Maxine Waters Statement on the Transition of Apartheid Activist and Icon, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

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U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement on the death of the former wife of Nelson Mandela and anti-apartheid activist and icon, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela:

"I am deeply saddened by the passing of the former wife of Nelson Mandela and anti-apartheid activist and icon, Winnie Mandela. Winnie Mandela is world renown for her efforts to shine a light on the plight of Nelson Mandela, who was unjustly imprisoned for 27 years. In conjunction with the African National Congress and leaders around the world, she courageously led the efforts to fight for his freedom and end apartheid in South Africa.

"In addition to her activism that inspired and motivated the international community to join the struggle to end apartheid, Winnie Mandela especially empowered and galvanized women to rise up and speak out against the abuses of the apartheid regime in South Africa. Winnie Mandela popularized the statement, 'When you strike a woman, you strike a rock,' which indicated that women were firmly planted in their efforts to end apartheid and became an international slogan for the strength and fortitude of women who could not, and would not, be moved.

"When I reflect upon my own career in public service, I am among the generation of anti-apartheid activists who were inspired by Winnie Mandela's courage, dedication and wisdom. …

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