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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (1936-2018) may have been famous around the world as Nelson Mandela's former wife, but in her own country, South Africa, she was known as the "Mother of the Nation".

President Cyril Rampahosa told the media on Monday evening that Madikizela-Mandela would have an official national funeral on April 14 and an official memorial service on April 11. According to him she was a true revolutionary that sacrificed her life in dismantling the apartheid regime to ensure the liberation of this country. "May she rest in peace and rise in glory". "You've earned it", President Akufo-Addo.

However, she was also a controversial figure and her reputation suffered in later years legally and politically.

After her death was announced, Ramaphosa described her as "a voice of defiance and resistance" who "was an abiding symbol of the desire of our people to be free".

The Premier Soccer League has confirmed that a moment's silence will be observed following the death of struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

"She played a pivotal role in the fight for equality and her spirit of resilience will be sorely missed".

As a South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, she held several government positions, including Deputy Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology. "We have lost a heroine and a liberator".

"I am among the generation of anti-apartheid activists who were inspired by Winnie Mandela's courage, dedication and wisdom", Waters said in a statement on Monday.

He said: "The nation was ill-prepared for her departure and people are grieving very deeply. We indeed need to celebrate her legacy".

- 1936: Born on September 26 as Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela in the Eastern Cape province.

The ANC called Winnie a great woman who was so loved and revered and whose name will forever be inscribed in history.

Former ANC youth leader Malema - a strident critic of ousted president Jacob Zuma - was close to Madikizela-Mandela and has the same straight-talking appeal.

Madikizela-Mandela's grandson Zondwa Mandela said the family appreciated the support of South Africans.