#WinneMandela: 5 Facts you should know
Winne Mandela was born into a Xhosa family in Bizana, in the then Union of South Africa, she studied social work at the Jan Hofmeyr School. In 1958, she married anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg; they remained married for 38 years and had two children together. In 1963, Mandela was imprisoned following the Rivonia Trial.
I will be discussing five interesting information about Winne Mandela.
A life well lived with husband and a heroine at the point of death.
1. She lost her mum at Nine.
Winne Mandela lost her mum at the age of nine, Gertrude who was a domestic science teacher. Gertrude died when Winnie was nine years old, resulting in the break-up of her family when the siblings were sent to live with different relatives. Madikizela-Mandela went on to become the head girl at her high school in Bizana. On leaving school, she went to Johannesburg to study social work at the Jan Hofmeyr School, despite restrictions on the education of blacks during the apartheid era. She earned a degree in social work in 1956, and several years later earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Witwatersrand. She held a number of jobs in various parts of what was then the Bantustanof Transkei; including with the Transkei government, living at various points of time at Bizana, Shawbury and Johannesburg. Her first job was as a social worker at Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto. She never allowed the rough path disturb her focus or who she wants to be.
2. She was found of criminal behaviour.
Her reputation was damaged by such rhetoric as that displayed in a speech she gave in Munsieville on 13 April 1986, where she endorsed the practice of necklacing (burning people alive using tyres and petrol) by saying: “With our boxes of matches and our necklaces we shall liberate this country.”Further tarnishing her reputation were accusations by her bodyguard, Jerry Musivuzi Richardson, that she had ordered kidnapping and murder. On 29 December 1988, Richardson, who was coach of the so-called Mandela United Football Club (MUFC), which acted as Mrs. Mandela’s personal security detail, abducted 14-year-old James Seipei (also known as Stompie Moeketsi) and three other youths from the home of a Methodist minister, Rev. Paul Verryn, claiming she had the youths taken to her home because she suspected the reverend was sexually abusing them. The four were beaten to get them to admit to having had sex with the minister. Seipei was accused of being an informer, and his body later found in a field with stab wounds to the throat on 6 January 1989.
3. She became a public figure during Mandela’s impriosment.
Nelson Mandela was one lf the greatest African who fought for the freedom of people in Soweto, South Africa. It was during his fight and solitary attitudes to slavery that he met his wife Winne Mandela.
Winne Mandela became a public figure during the great trial of Mandela.
In 1963, Mandela was imprisoned following the Rivonia Trial; where she became his public face during the 27 years he spent in jail. During that period, she rose to prominence within the domestic anti-apartheid movement. She was arrested and detained by state security services on various occasions and spent several months in solitary confinement.
4. She got divorced 1996.
A lot of people didn’t really know that Nelson Mandela never dirvoced his first wife, but did dirvorce Winne Mandela, even though she never accept the divorce. She kept on bearing the name Mandela until death.
The couple separated in 1992. They finalised their divorce in March 1996 with an unspecified out-of-court settlement. Her attempt to obtain a settlement up to US$5million (R70 million) — half of what she claimed her ex-husband was worth — was dismissed when she failed to appear in court for a settlement hearing. When asked in a 1994 interview about the possibility of reconciliation, she said: “I am not fighting to be the country’s First Lady. In fact, I am not the sort of person to carry beautiful flowers and be an ornament to everyone.
5. She returned to politics 2009.
Madikizela-Mandela secured fifth place on the ANC’s electoral list for the 2009 general election, behind party president and immediate former President of South Africa Jacob Zuma, former President Kgalema Motlanthe, Deputy President Baleka Mbete, and Finance Minister Trevor Manuel. An article in The Observer suggested her position near the top of the list indicated that the party’s leadership saw her as a valuable asset in the election with regard to solidifying support among the party’s grassroots and the poor.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela died at the Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg on 2 April 2018. Her death was confirmed by her personal assistant, Zodwa Zwane. The cause of her death was a “long-term illness”, according to her family. The USA Magazine[clarification needed] reported: “Mandela was admitted to the Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg over the weekend after complaining of the flu. Her spokesperson said in a statement to the state broadcaster that the politician—who also suffered from diabetes and recently underwent several major surgeries, ‘had been in and out of hospital since the start of the year.’
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