Nelson Mandela With Winnie Mandela and Graca Machel at a Christmas Lunch in 2004

© Dr Peter Magubane
Nelson Mandela with Winnie Mandela and Graca Machel at a Christmas lunch in 2004.
Graca Machel, Mandela’s third wife has hailed Winnie Mandela as a “brave women and source of inspiration to all”. Machel paid tribute through a letter to her ''big sister'' and said she was struggling to accept the 81-year-old's death.

''I take solace in the fact that you have risen to become one of the brightest stars in the sky where you will remain ever present and radiantly shining. You will continue to serve as a guide to your loving family, your grateful nation, our beloved Africa, and indeed, the world,''

The two of them got along like a house on fire, and always referred to Nelson Mandela as “our husband” They both were there for him on his deathbed.

“I could not imagine that the future I was walking toward could compare in any way to the past that I was leaving behind.” ~ Nelson Mandela

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