Does Winnie deserve to be honoured with her own day like Mandela Day?

Does Winnie deserve to be honoured with her own day like Mandela Day?

- Every year South Africa (and the world) celebrates 18 July as Mandela Day

- Since her death, there have been growing calls for 26 September to be declared Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Day

- Madikizela-Mandela’s supporters want her legacy of fighting apartheid to be honoured in the same manner which is afforded to her ex-husband

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The massive outpouring of support and celebrations in honour of the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has prompted many of her supporters to call for her birthday to be declared a holiday or day of service in the same way which her ex-husband Nelson Mandela is remembered on his birthday.

On 18 July each year, South Africa (and many other countries in the world) celebrates the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. If Madikizela-Mandela’s supporters have their way we could be celebrating Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Day on every 26 September.

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Madikizela-Mandela was born on 26 September 1936, her supporters feel that her contribution to the anti-apartheid struggle should be recognised with an official day on par with Mandela Day. gathered that the ANC held an official Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Day of Service in Soweto on Thursday, the party planted a vegetable garden in honour of the fallen struggle icon.

The ANC said it hoped to roll-out more vegetable gardens throughout South Africa as a way to honour Madikizela-Mandela and uplift communities.

The ruling party has made no official mention of a possible declaration of an official day to commemorate Madikizela-Mandela.

There has been mass support for the idea of a Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Day on social media platforms.

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