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Obituary: Winnie Mandela of South Africa, Her life and her impacts

She was born in Bizana, Transkei in 1936, where she met and married the love of her life Mr Mandela in 1957.

The marriage was blessed with two girls despite the marriage not forming strong bond due to Mandela’s in and out of detention.

But, winnie mandela was what most women are not in today’s politics because even after Mandela’s life imprisonment, she continued to fight and never left the black race lonely back then in south Africa.

She was seen as a role model to most women inside Africa and the world at large.

Winnie Madikizela mandela as she changed to be addressed after Mandela divorced her in 1996.

Oh! What a strong woman, after been separated from her husband by prison walls for 27 solid years, he came out, scandalised her name and divorced her on the grounds of rumored infidelity.

Well, Winnie was unperturbed as she kept her political carrier moving forward till the last days of her life on earth.

In fact, Winnie was among the first group of women that ever ruled South Africa.

But the news of her death came with huge shock as the world has been mourning their loss.

The South African Government gave her a befitting state burial because at the age of 81, her death is more to be celebrated than mourned because she lived her life to the fullest.

She can be emphatically described as a woman with a heart of thousands of men put in one body and I believed in Malama’s speech that Winnie Mandela would have been a better president if she wasn’t betrayed by those she effortlessly served and sacrificed for.

Summary of her lifetime:

  • She got married to Nelson mandela in 1957 and divorced him in 1996.
  • winnie had two children for Nelson mandela with their marriage lasting 38 years.
  • When mandela was imprisoned, she took up his position as a public face for the 27 years he was imprisoned.
  • She was the 8th First Lady of South Africa, a position which she managed for 2 years, from 1994 – 1996.
  • She was convicted of theft and fraud in 2003.
  • winnie got married to mandela at the age of 22 after he left Evelyn Muse.
  • She and mandela first met at a Bus Stop in Soweto.
  • winnie was pushing for a lawsuit at the point of her death as she claim mandela’s house in Qunu belonged to her.
  • Mrs mandela endorsed the practice of necklacing (Necklacing is a process of burning people alive using tyres and petrol. A statement was attributed to her as saying, “With our boxes of matches and our necklaces we shall liberate this country).
  • There is a movie titled winnie mandela.
  • She suffered from diabetes and had undergone different surgeries prior to her death.
  • She died peacefully at 81.


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