Tributes for Madikizela-Mandela at Commonwealth Games

FILE - in this Friday Nov. 10, 2000 file photo Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, former wife of Nelson Mandela, greets demonstrators, behind razor wire at a bail hearing for businessman Piet Odendaal in Viljoenskroon, in the Orange Free State, South Africa. South African state broadcaster SABC said Monday April 2, 2018, that anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has died. (AP Photo/Lori Waselchuk, File)

GOLD COAST, Australia — A simple but heartfelt condolence book will mark the death of anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at the athletes village of the Commonwealth Games.

Madikizela-Mandela died in South Africa late Monday night, aged 81.

A spokeswoman for Team South Africa chef de mission Ezera Tshabangu invited all athletes, not just South Africans, to show their respects by signing the book.

In an official a tweet sent out just after 1 a.m. Tuesday, Team SouthAfrica posted "Hamba Kathleen Mam' Winnie Mandela, the mother of our nation. May her soul RIP. Condolences to her close family and friends".

Madikizela-Mandela, who was married for 37 years to anti-apartheid campaigner and lawyer Nelson Mandela, had been in and out of hospital battling a kidney infection since January.

She was elected to Parliament during the country's first democratic elections in 1994 and became a controversial figure in later life.

Madikizela-Mandela will be honored by a state funeral on April 14, preceded by an official memorial service on April 11.

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