Winnie Byanyima responds to the passing of Mrs Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

"A giantess of the struggles to end white supremacist rule in South Africa and to liberate Africa is gone.

Winnie Mandela was an important influence on my life and that of many in my generation. She was the courageous, selfless, passionate smart leader we aspired to be. 

Liberation from the evil system of apartheid was won at a huge price to her. A freedom fighter - in the trenches until the last day - she bore the scars of a vicious war for the rest of her life.

We will forever honor and celebrate you as one of our greatest African leaders.

Rest in peace our heroine."