Sally Hayfron

Sally Hayfron

Wife of Robert Mugabe + First Lady of Zimbabwe
Born Jun 6, 1931

Sarah Francesca Mugabe (6 June 1931 - 27 January 1992), a.k. a Sally Mugabe, was the first wife of Robert Mugabe, the President of Zimbabwe and the First Lady of Zimbabwe from 1987 until her death in 1992. She was popularly known as Amai (Mother) in Zimbabwe. The death of Sally is seen by some to be around the time that President Robert Mugabe began indurating his policy in Zimbabwe.… Read More

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1931 Birth Born in 1931 in the Gold Coast (present-day Ghana), then a British colony, Sally and her twin sister, Esther, were raised in a political family, which was part of the growing nationalist politics in the colonial Gold Coast. … Read More


1961 30 Years Old She met her future husband, Robert Mugabe, in the Gold Coast at Takoradi Teacher Training College where they were both teaching, and went with him to Southern Rhodesia, where they were married in April 1961 in Salisbury.
1962 31 Years Old A trained teacher who asserted her position as an independent political activist and campaigner, Hayfron demonstrated this activism as early as 1962 when she was active in mobilising African women to challenge the Southern Rhodesian constitution. … Read More
1964 33 Years Old She spent the next eight years agitating and campaigning for the release of political detainees in Rhodesia, including her husband who had been arrested in 1964 and was to remain incarcerated for ten years. Their only son, Nhamodzenyika, who was born in 1963 during this period of detention and imprisonment, would succumb to a severe attack of malaria and die in Ghana in 1966. … Read More


1975 44 Years Old With Robert Mugabe's release in 1975 and subsequent departure for Mozambique with Edgar Tekere, Sally rejoined her husband in Maputo. … Read More
1978 47 Years Old In 1978 she was elected ZANU-PF Deputy Secretary for the Women's League.
1980 49 Years Old In 1980 she had to make a quick adjustment to a new and national role of the wife of Zimbabwe's first black Prime Minister.


1987 56 Years Old She officially became the First Lady of Zimbabwe in 1987 when her husband became the second President of Zimbabwe.
1989 58 Years Old She was elected Secretary General of the ZANU-PF Women's League at the Party's Congress of 1989. … Read More


1992 61 Years Old Hayfron died on 27 January 1992 from kidney failure. … Read More
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