Winnie Madikizela-Mandela joined Twitter in October tweeting that she “understood the value of social media”.
Madikizela-Mandela, who was married to former South African president Nelson Mandela and was a prominent voice in the struggle for the liberation of SA, is seen as an inspiration for women in the country.
Twitter users have welcomed her to the social media platform with word of thanks and heart felt massages which praised “the mother of the nation” for her grasp of black youth issues.
TV presenter Chriselda Lewis gushed in a tweet: “The founder of Twitter must send a special message to @winniemandela thanking her for joining. This is historic!”
Earlier this year she released a book titled 491 Days, Prisoner number 1323/69: a diary she wrote while in solitary confinement in 1969, having been charged under the Terrorism Act.
Winnie has been also implicated in a number of scandals including involvement in the murder of a young activist called Stompie Sepei, stemming back to her days with the Mandela United Football Club.
More recently upon the discovery of two bodies of young men, said to have been part of uMkhonto we Sizwe, again her involvement with the case was questioned.
However she has remained an inspiration to many South Africans and her presence on Twitter has been received warmly. – eNCA