Winnie: South Africa's voice of defiance

Apr 03, 2018, 02:47
Winnie: South Africa's voice of defiance

President Mandela accused her of adultery, and in the same year, dismissed her as deputy minister of arts and culture - the only post she has held in government since white minority rule ended. "I am still alive, and I think that it is a total disrespect to come to South Africa, make a movie about my struggle, and call that movie some translation of a romantic life of Winnie Mandela".

"Her vibrancy, unending inner and outer beauty, her passionate connection with ordinary citizens, and her witty and critical mind had contributed in keeping the critical solidarity of the women of South Africa in every facet of life", they said. She also did not have a good relationship with the ANC during Thabo Mbeki's presidency.

In 1977, she was sent away to the countryside and it wasn't until 1985 that she was allowed to move back to her home in Soweto, Johannesburg.

"For many years, she bore the brunt of senseless brutality of the apartheid state with stoicism", he said.

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Winnie would often be restricted- like in 1962 when was confined within the frontiers of Johannesburg - she was not allowed to address any gathering of more than two people.

After Mandela's death, however, she became involved in disputes over his inheritance.

Parents to two children, the Mandelas separated in 1992 and divorced four years later after almost four decades into their marriage.

Following the announcement of her passing, the Mandela family released a statement about the late matriarch.

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He then urged South Africans to reflect on Madikizela-Mandela's "rich‚ remarkable and meaningful life". Madikizela-Mandela would later appear before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to answer to allegations of torture, abduction and the killing of Stompie Moeketsi Seipei, for which her former bodyguard Jerry Richardson was convicted.

Controversies and lengthy legal battles aside Madikizela Mandela showed her continued resilience in a 2013 interview where she exclaimed that she would do it all again if she had to. Lala ngoxolo mama. Rest in peace. I will never forget that. In an infamous 1986 speech she threatened "no more peaceful protests".

Years later, she clashed with the next president, Jacob Zuma, becoming a political patron of renegade ANC youth leader Julius Malema, who quit the century-old movement to found his own ultra-leftist political party.

Image copyrightAFP The sentencing magistrate compared her to a modern-day Robin Hood, fraudulently acquiring loans for people who were desperately short of money, but he said that as a prominent public figure she should have known better.

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