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Winnie Mandela
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Member of the South-African Parliament
In office
9 May 2009 – 2 April 2018
1st First Lady of South Africa
In office
10 May 1994 – 20 March 1996
Preceded by Marike de Klerk
Succeeded by Graça Machel
Deputy Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology
In office
Preceded by none (position established)
Succeeded by Pallo Jordan (Arts and Culture), Derek Hanekom (Science and Technology)
Personal details
Nomzamo Winfreda Zanyiwe Madikizela

(1936-09-26)26 September 1936
Bizana, Pondoland, Transkei, South Africa
Died 2 April 2018(2018-04-02) (aged 81)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Spouse(s) Nelson Mandela (1958–1996; divorced; 2 children)
Children Zenani (b. 1959)
Zindziwa (b. 1960)
Alma mater University of South Africa
Profession Social worker, politician

Winnie Madikizela–Mandela (born Nomzamo Winfreda Zanyiwe Madikizela; 26 September 1936 – 2 April 2018) was a South African politician. She held several government positions and headed the African National Congress Women's League. She was a member of the ANC's National Executive Committee. Madikizela-Mandela was married to President of South Africa Nelson Mandela.

Madikizela-Mandela was born on 26 September 1936 in Bizana, Pondoland, Transkei, South Africa. She studied at the University of South Africa. She was married to Nelson Mandela from 1958 until they divorced in 1996. They had two children. Madikizela-Mandela died of complications from diabetes on 2 April 2018 in Johannesburg at the age of 81.

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