Director of the Center for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Professor McQuoid Mason says the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was an icon of the nation and she deserves respect and dignity.

Professor Mason was among the academics who attended the re-launch of the Amnesty International University of KwaZulu-Natal chapter.

The aim of the launch is to enable students and volunteers to connect with local social justice and human rights campaigns across the country.

“Winnie Mandela was an icon as well, I know that some people think she was controversial but the critics of Winnie don’t appreciate how much she went through and post-traumatic stress she had to go through, given away she was treated by apartheid by the security, police and the way she was off to the middle of nowhere but she was still able to help people. She is always been like the mother of the nation in the conciseness of people, she represented Mandela when he was away.”

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