*Winnie Mandela recently celebrated her 80th birthday has since been the talk of the town on social media over speculation that the former politician had cosmetic surgery done to her face.
Times Live reports that her granddaughter, Zoleka revealed that she had a lengthy conversation with her gran about the rumors, and that Winnie thinks its hilarious.
“This is us last night talking about all the rumours regarding the plastic surgery, skin bleaching and Botox she’s supposedly had done!!! The memes circulating too, she finds those as ridiculously funny as the gossip! In the words of my mother/Queen in law, Maman Regine, ‘get a life.’,” Zoleka wrote on Instagram.
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Zindzi Mandela also took to Twitter to comment on the rumours. “Pure African beauty. No fillers or injections involved,” she tweeted.
— Zindzi Mandela (@ZindziMandela) September 18, 2016
“Woman, you are a rock”, South African deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa said at Winnie’s 80th birthday celebrations in Cape Town.
“But she is not any other rock, she is a diamond, build to last a lifetime, built never to break,” said Ramaphosa. “She remained a symbol of strength for the many women who had lost their husbands to the liberation struggle.”
Ramaphosa quoted Maya Angelou‘s poem “I Rise” and said that, Madikizela-Mandela had lived with pain, loss and regret, but had risen above it. And, at 80, she still rises.”
On the B-day bash guest list was head of Independent Media chief executive Iqbal Survé, Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba as well as Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula.
— Sikelela Matandela (@ForeverShakes) September 15, 2016