African National Congress (ANC) member of the NEC Jeff Radebe says struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela will be remembered for her fearless and uncompromising stand against the might of the apartheid regime.

Madikizela-Mandela who was affectionately called ‘Mother of the Nation’ died at the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg on Monday at the age of 81. She was being treated for flu.

Radebe addressed the media following news of Madikizela-Mandela’s passing.

“Madikizela-Mandela was one of the greatest icons of the struggle against apartheid. She fought against the apartheid state and sacrificed her whole life for the freedom of the country. Her activism and resistance to apartheid landed her in jail on numerous occasions, eventually causing her banishment to the small town of Brandfort.”

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ANC spokesperson, Pule Mabe says the ANC saw a mother in Winnie and she was someone they would go to whenever they had challenge.