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Zuma sends good wishes to Madikizela-Mandela on her 80th birthday

President Zuma has praised Madikizela-Mandela for her resilience and tenacity in the face of apartheid.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at her 80th birthday celebration. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has sent good wishes to struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on her 80th birthday.

In a statement released this morning, Zuma has praised Madikizela-Mandela for her resilience and tenacity of spirit in the face of the most brutal onslaught against her and her family during apartheid.

He's also commended her for dedicating her adult life to the struggle for liberation and for her courageous fight against repression, injustice and inequality.

Zuma has wished Madikizela-Mandela many more birthdays and says the country as a whole is grateful for the gift of her life.