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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, whose hallowed place in the pantheon of South Africa’s liberators was eroded by scandal over corruption, kidnapping, murder and the adulterous implosion of her fabled marriage to Nelson Mandela, has died. She was 81.

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Nelson Mandela and his wife Winnie on their wedding day in May 1958. REUTERS/International Defence and Aid Fund/FilesHO

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Winnie Mandela, wife of African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela, makes a political speech and then gave the black power salute at a funeral in Brandfort of a 19 year old that was stabbed to death by a prison warder Saturday, Nov. 23, 1985. (AP Photo/Alf Kumalo)Alf Kumalo

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Winnie Mandela and External Affairs Minister Joe Clark lead a parade up University Avenue from Toronto City Hall June 18, 1990. Fred Lum / The Globe and MailFred Lum

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Nelson Mandela and wife Winnie, walk hand in hand, with clenched fists, February 11, 1990, upon his release from Victor prison, Cape Town, after 27 years in detention. (AP Photo)Greg English/The Associated Press

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Winnie Mandela, wife of Nelson Mandela, is swamped by children in Soweto September 23, 1990 during a campaign to gain support for the African National Congress. Mrs. Mandela has been charged with kidnapping and assault and is due to appear in court tomorrow. Juda Ngwenya / REUTERSJuda Ngwenya

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ANC leader Nelson Mandela's estranged wife, Winnie, shouts at policemen as she visits Phola Park shantytown August 24, 1993 where three people were killed, one a four-year-old child, in clashes between troops and residents. Juda Ngwenya REUTER

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Winnie Madikizela Mandela (R) embraces Graca Machel (C) wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela (L) in Qunu Eastern Cape, to celebrate his 86th birthday, July 18, 2004. REUTERS/Debbie YazbekSTR

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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, left, the former wife of South African President Nelson Mandela, and his widow, Graca Machel, center, stand by the flag-draped coffin of Mandela in foreground during his state funeral in Qunu, South Africa, Dec. 15, 2013. (Odd Andersen/Pool via The New York Times)ODD ANDERSEN

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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the former wife of Nelson Mandela, at a prayer service following his death in Bryanston, north of Johannesburg, on Dec. 8, 2013. (Joao Silva/The New York Times)JOAO SILVA/The New York Times News Service

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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, centre, hugs front runner and Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, right, and President Jacob Zuma, left, at the start of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) elective conference in Johannesburg, Saturday, Dec. 16 2017. The fight to replace South Africa's scandal-prone President Jacob Zuma began Saturday as thousands of delegates of the ruling African National Congress gathered to elect a new leader, with Zuma acknowledging "failures" that have threatened the party's future. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)The Globe and Mail

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