Winnie recalls final moments with Madiba

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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, ex-wife of former president Nelson Mandela. File picture: Kim Ludbrook

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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela says she feels “very blessed” to have been with ex-husband Nelson Mandela when he died, describing how she sat by his bedside until he drew his last breath.

She told Britain's ITV news in an interview broadcast on Thursday that there is a “heavy feeling” surrounding her ex-husband's passing, saying “one never prepares for death”.

She told the broadcaster that the most difficult moment of the past week was when the military came to remove Mandela's body and she realised “he was leaving the house for good”.

She also described her pain at seeing him lying in state, saying that “it's very hard for the family to even share him even in his death after sharing with the whole world and our whole country while he was alive”. - Sapa-AP

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