Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela
Between 1962-1985 Winnie Mandela only accounted for 10 months of “freedom.”
Winnie fought racism and apartheid by remaining an unrelenting, courageous advocate for freedom.
During Winnie’s Political development and advocacy she was jailed, spent 17 months in solitary confinement, and was brutally beaten so many times that she stopped counting.
Winnie Mandela was placed on house arrest, banned from her homeland, harassed by people, endure endless death threats & attempts on her life, survived a house bomb, and witnessed her watchdog die due to poisoning all by government authorities.
Winnie Mandela is a woman who can definitely be looked at as a revolutionary.
She was brave and stood her ground in her beliefs for justice and equality.
In a collection of interviews and letters published ( “Part of My Soul Went With Him”) Winnie shares her experiences in growing up without any understanding of racism and the very first moments it was introduced, her political development, and being separated from her husband, African National Congress leader, Nelson Mandela for over 27 years.
“I knew when I married [Nelson Mandela] that I married the struggle, the liberation of my people.”- Winnie Mandela, ( “Part of My Soul Went With Him”)
“When I was a child, I thought then we owned all. The freedom you have as a child, those undulating plains [of the Transkei}, beautiful greenery-how we would run from one end of the river to the other, running over rolling beautiful green hills. I thought that was my country…then…when you grow up…a white man tells you that your own country doesn’t belong to you, and that you must have a piece of paper to stay there…”-Winnie Mandela, Excerpt from “Part of My Soul Went With Him”
The country of Bizana was made up of 4.3 million white people, 18.6 million black people, and 3.1 million people with Asian backgrounds.
With the presence of 18.6 million black people, none had the right to vote.
In 1990, Winnie and Nelson Mandela were reunited after his sentencing was lifted and charges thrown out in the case of engaging in anti government activities.
“I am convinced that your pain and suffering was far greater than my own,” –Nelson Mandela to Winnie Mandela
Nelson Mandela went on to become the first Black President of South Africa 1994-1999 & won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.