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Madikizela-Mandela, a brave struggle icon

Calls have been made for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s legacy to be preserved following her 78th birthday.

FILE. Calls have been made for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s legacy to be preserved following her 78th birthday. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Calls have been made by women who attended Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's birthday celebrations in Soweto to give more credit to the struggle icon and preserve her legacy.

Madikizela-Mandela turned 78 on Friday, with the day celebrated by struggle stalwarts, young women and African National Congress (ANC) party members.

Women young and old called for a specific day to be dedicated to the struggle icon, to remember the role she played, just like her former husband Nelson Mandela.

Some women told Eyewitness News all can be inspired by her courageous work.

One woman says, "If it weren't for Mama Winnie we wouldn't have been here today."

While another says, "In terms of credit, it's not enough. She had to take care of the children and she had to fight in the struggle at the very same time."

Madikizela-Mandela has been hailed as a brave woman who paved the way for young women, who are now taking up a new struggle.