Madela died after a long bout of illness that kept her in and out of the hospital since the beginning of the year. "She succumbed peacefully in the early hours of Monday afternoon surrounded by her family and loved ones", said her family in a statement.
In similar manner Anti-apartheid and Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu also praised Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's courage during the liberation struggle saying: "Her courageous defiance was deeply inspirational to me and my generation".
"Cricket South Africa sends heartfelt condolences to the Mandela family on the passing of this distinguished and greatly respected individual", Nenzani said.
A memorial service for Madikizela-Mandela will be held on April 11 at the Regina Mundi Catholic Church in Johannesburg's Soweto area, and a "special official" funeral with military honours will take place at Orlando Stadium in Soweto three days later, the office of President Cyril Ramaphosa said.
Durban businessman Vivian Reddy called Mandela a close friend and confidant and remembered her as someone who believed that perseverance prevailed when all else failed.
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"Mandela, the Princess of Amangutyana and AmaMpondo, will be sadly missed by her people of emaMpondweni".
Prime Minister Holness said Winnie Mandela's death brings into focus the significant struggle of black people throughout the world against racism and in particular apartheid in South Africa. However, she was dismissed for insubordination and, in later years, Winnie's reputation suffered greatly from legal and political charges against her. After moving to Johannesburg in 1953 to study social work, she found her calling as an activist and joined the fight against apartheid.
According to him, she remained "a pride not only to the African woman, but indeed all Africans". She was a force, always a fighter, and we will forever honor her for her relentless commitment to helping South Africa get free!
"My last lunch with her was a most memorable one here in Vilakazi Street".
"The mainstream Western media's depiction on Winnie Mandela should be a lesson to Black women everywhere to be the custodians of their own memory, because through racist and sexist eyes we will all either be monsters or invisible", South African poet Lebogang Mashile wrote in a tweet amid news of Mandela's death.
Speaking outside Madikizela-Mandela's home on Soweto's Vilakazi Street ‚ Ramaphosa said the country lost a leader and an icon.