Her birthday is on September 26, but a simple date can’t stop Winnie Madikizela Mandela from celebrating her day whenever she pleases. The South African icon had an early celebration at the swanky Mount Nelson hotel in Cape Town and, even though she’s always beaten the odds, South Africans were surprised by one thing: mam’ Winnie’s ability to overthrow even the effects of aging.
On Wednesday night, when the “Mother of the Nation” arrived at her birthday dinner, South Africans collectively inhaled at a woman who is turning 80.
Does being a fearless woman leader mean you can put a stop to the impact time and sip from the fountain of youth?
— Womandla (@FifiMokoena1) September 15, 2016
— Bra Nape (@simplynape) September 15, 2016
— Phoster Gaara (@phosterboy) September 15, 2016
But her beauty wasn’t the only talking point. Mam’ Winnie still has jokes and smiles.
— Thabile Ngwato (@ThabileNgwato) September 14, 2016
And lest we forget, there’s a whole lot more Mam’ Winnie than just a pretty face.
— Karabo K. Kgoleng (@KaraboKgoleng) September 15, 2016
Even on her birthday she managed to do the impossible, and get two fierce rivals to set aside their politics and have some fun.
— Sikelela Matandela (@ForeverShakes) September 15, 2016
— Poppy Mathobela (@PopMathobela) September 15, 2016
Such is the power of Winnie Madikizela Mandela!
— Lungsta (@HerMajestyLungs) September 8, 2016