Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

South African Politician
Born Sep 26, 1936

Winnie Mandela is a South African politician who has held several government positions and headed the African National Congress Women's League. She is currently a member of the ANC's National Executive Committee. Although still married to Nelson Mandela at the time of his becoming president of South Africa in May 1994, the couple had separated two years earlier.… Read More

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  • The Day Winnie Took Malema And Pals To Police Independent Online
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  • Winnie Mandela Joins Calls For South Africa's Jacob Zuma To Resign Telegraph.Co.Uk
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  • King Dalindyebo Wishes Winnie Well On Birthday Daily Dispatch
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  • Presidency Bashes Cope For Saying Zuma‚ Like Dalindyebo‚ Is Not Above The Law Times Live
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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.


1936 Birth Born on September 26, 1936.


1956 19 Years Old She earned her degree in social work in 1956, and several years later earned a bachelor's degree in international relations from the University of Witwatersrand. … Read More


1957 20 Years Old She met lawyer and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela in 1957. She was 22 and standing at a bus stop in Soweto when Mandela first saw her and charmed her, securing a lunch date the following week. They married in 1958 and had two daughters, Zenani (born 1959) and Zindzi (born 1960).
1963 26 Years Old Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1963 and released in 1990. The couple separated in 1992 and finalised the divorce in 1996 with an unspecified out-of-court settlement. … Read More


1969 32 Years Old Beginning in 1969, she spent eighteen months in solitary confinement at Pretoria Central Prison. … Read More


1985 48 Years Old In 1985, Mandela won the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award along with fellow activists Allan Boesak and Beyers Naude for their human rights work in South Africa. … Read More
1986 49 Years Old 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." … Read More


1988 - 1990 3 More Events
1993 56 Years Old She remained extremely popular among many ANC supporters, however. In December 1993 and April 1997, she was elected president of the ANC Women's League, although she withdrew her candidacy for ANC Deputy President at the movement's Mafikeng conference in December 1997.
1994 57 Years Old …  Although they were still married at the time of his becoming president of South Africa in May 1994, the couple had separated two years earlier.
1996 59 Years Old Their divorce was finalised on 19 March 1996, though Winnie Mandela continued to be a presence in Mandela's life in later years despite his remarriage in 1998. … Read More


1997 - 2003 2 More Events
2007 70 Years Old 1 More Event
In June 2007, the Canadian High Commission in South Africa declined to grant Winnie 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.
2008 71 Years Old 1 More Event
Madikizela-Mandela criticised the anti-immigrant violence in May–June 2008 that began in Johannesburg and spread throughout the country, and blamed the government's lack of suitable housing provisions for the sentiments behind the riots. … Read More
2009 72 Years Old Madikizela-Mandela secured fifth place on the ANC's electoral list for the 2009 general election, behind party president and current President of South Africa Jacob Zuma, former President of South Africa Kgalema Motlanthe, Deputy President of South Africa Baleka Mbete, and Finance Minister Trevor Manuel. … Read More
In 2010, Madikizela-Mandela was interviewed by Nadira Naipaul. … Read More
2011 74 Years Old Jennifer Hudson played her in Winnie Mandela, directed by Darrell Roodt, released in Canada by D Films on 16 September 2011. … Read More
2013 76 Years Old Mandela was again portrayed in the 2013 film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom by actress Naomie Harris (British actor Idris Elba played Nelson Mandela). … Read More
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