In the long struggle against apartheid few people fought harder than Winnie Madikizela-Mandela against a system that sought to diminish the dignity of millions of South Africans simply because of their skin colour.
Not even the Father of our Democracy, Nelson Mandela, had to go through what she did – the threats, the detention without trial, the torture, and the trumped-up charges.
But not once did she flinch.
She was willing to sacrifice her life for the freedom of her compatriots.
Those of us who continue to dream of a South Africa in which every citizen enjoys equal political and economic rights, must never forget these sacrifices.