Minutes after the death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was confirmed, international media started to recall the anti-apartheid stalwart's complicated history.
She passed away on Monday afternoon in the Netcare Milpark Hospital at the age of 81.
This is how international media covered her death.
The New York Times chose to highlight Madikizela-Mandela's complicated history, saying her "hallowed place in the pantheon of South Africa’s liberators was eroded by scandal over corruption, kidnapping, murder and the implosion of her fabled marriage to Nelson Mandela."
"To the end, Ms. Madikizela-Mandela remained a polarizing figure in South Africa, admired by loyalists who were prepared to focus on her contribution to ending apartheid, vilified by critics who foremost saw her flaws," Alan Cowell wrote.
"Her bravery under the brutal apartheid regime won her lasting respect and adulation; allegations that she was the kingpin of a deadly vigilante group during the 1980s earned her fear and mistrust," the Washington Post wrote in her obituary.
The publication's Stephanie Hanes, who spent time in South Africa as freelance reporter between 2005 and 2009, said she was "beautiful and violent."
"She was a political insider who often played the role of outsider. … at times harshly [criticizing] the African National Congress — most recently condemning it for the continued economic disparity that has left millions of black South Africans in poverty."
The Guardian's Africa Correspondent Jason Burke labeled Madikizela-Mandela "one of the few remaining representatives of the generation of activists who led the fight against apartheid."
Burke credited Madikizela-Mandela for advancing Nelson Mandela's cause while he was incarcerated.
"Only after pleading from [Desmond] Tutu, the anguished TRC chairman, did she admit grudgingly that 'things went horribly wrong'," Burke wrote of Madikizela-Mandela's response to the killings by her controversial Mandela United Football Club.
The newspaper remarked that she had asked President Cyril Ramaphosa – known for his morning runs – "Why don't you get tired?"