The demise of one of South Africa's anti-apartheid fighter, Winnie Mandela, is still a shock to South Africans and people from around the world. As the world mourns the ex-wife of former South African president, Nelson Mandela, Legit.ng highlights 9 things you probably don't know about her.
Below are 9 things you probably don't know about Winnie Mandela:
1. Full name Nomzamo Winfreda Zanyiwe Madikizela.
2. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was born on the 26th of September 1936 in the village of Embongweni Eastern Cape Province.
3. She earned a degree in social work from the Jan Hofmeyer School in Johannesburg, despite restrictions on education of blacks during apartheid. And several years later, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Witwatersrand.
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4. In 1957, she met a lawyer and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela, and they got married in 1958 and had two daughters, Zenani (born 1959) and Zindzi (born 1960).
5. For many of those years, she was exiled to the town of Brandfort in the Orange Free State and confined to the area, except for the times she was allowed to visit her husband at the prison on Robben Island, where he spent most of his 27 years in prison.
6. Beginning in 1969, she spent eighteen months in solitary confinement at Pretoria Central Prison.
7. She was a member of the ANC’s National Executive Committee. She held several government positions and headed the African National Congress Women’s League. She was first portrayed by Alfre Woodard in the TV movie Mandela. Tina Lifford portrayed her in the 1997 TV drama Mandela and de Klerk. Sophie Okonedo portrayed her in the BBC drama Mrs Mandela, first broadcast on BBC Four on January 25, 2010.
8. She and Nelson Mandela divorced in March 1996. Jennifer Hudson played her in Winnie Mandela, directed by Darrell Roodt, released in Canada by D Films on September 16, 2011.
9. In June 2007, the Canadian High Commission in South Africa declined to grant Winnie Madikizela Mandela a visa to travel to Toronto, Canada, where she was scheduled to attend a gala fundraising concert organised by arts organisation MusicaNoir, which included the world premiere of The Passion of Winnie, an opera based on her life. Winnie Madikizela Mandela is popular among her supporters, who refer to her as the ‘Mother of the Nation’.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that ex-wife of former legendary South African leader Nelson Mandela, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, died at the age of 81 on Monday, April 2. Her death was confirmed by her personal assistant Zodwa Zwane.
She was born in Bizana, Eastern Cape, in 1939 and moved to Johannesburg after she matriculated to study social work.
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