Anti-apartheid veteran Albertina Sisulu dies

June 2, 2011 - 4:29 PM
SOUTH AFRICA SISULU OBIT

File - Albertina Sisulu looks on during a launch of the exhibition on her and late husband Walter called, 'Parenting a Nation' at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa, in this Wednesday, March 12, 2008 file photo. Albertina Sisulu, who died in Johannesburg on Thursday June 2 2011 at the age of 92, had little interest in politics when she met Walter Sisulu, future general secretary of the ANC. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) — Albertina Sisulu, a veteran of the anti-apartheid movement who was married to Nelson Mandela's mentor, has died. She was 92.

African National Congress spokesman Brian Sokutu, confirming the death Thursday, said Sisulu "dedicated all her life to the ANC and to the defeat of apartheid and ushering in of constitutional democracy in South Africa."

Walter Sisulu, who died in 2003, spent 25 years in custody on Robben Island alongside Mandela, whom he had brought into the ANC. Albertina Sisulu was left behind to raise the couple's five children. She also spent months in jail herself and had her movements restricted.

(This version corrects age to 92.)