Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

South African Politician
Born Sep 26, 1936
Age 78
Hometown Bizana, South Africa
Religion Methodist
Alma Mater University of Sou...
Other Names Nomzamo Winfreda ...

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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    Information Nigeria - Mar 28, 2015
  • Nelson Mandela's Will Leaves Money For Family And Staff But Nothing For Winnie
    Guardian (UK) - Feb 03, 2014
  • Kate Middleton Recycles Slinky, Long Sleeved Gown At Mandela Premiere With Prince William: Pictures
    US Magazine - Dec 05, 2013
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    'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' Anchored By Idris Elba
    Huffington Post - Nov 28, 2013


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.


1936 Birth Born on September 26, 1936.


1957 20 Years Old She met lawyer and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela in 1957. They were married in 1958 and had two daughters, Zenani (also called Zeni) (b.1959) and Zindzi (b.1960).


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


1986 49 Years Old Mandela's reputation was damaged by her rhetoric, the most noteworthy example of this being a speech she gave in Munsieville on 13 April 1986, where she endorsed the practice of necklacing (burning people alive using tyres and petrol) in the struggle to end apartheid. … Read More


1988 51 Years Old 1 More Event
A controversial activist, she is popular among her supporters, who refer to her as the 'Mother of the Nation', yet reviled by others, mostly due to her alleged involvement in several human rights abuses, including the 1988 kidnapping of 14-year old ANC activist Stompie Moeketsi, who was later murdered.
1989 - 1990 2 More Events
1992 55 Years Old In 1992 Mandela was accused of ordering the killing of Dr Abu-Baker Asvat, a family friend who had examined Seipei at Mandela's house, after Sepei had been abducted but before he had been killed.
1993 56 Years Old She remained extremely popular among many ANC supporters, and, in December 1993 and April 1997, she was elected president of the ANC Women's League, though she withdrew her candidacy for ANC Deputy President at the movement's Mafikeng conference in December 1997.


1997 60 Years Old In 1997, she appeared before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. … Read More
2003 66 Years Old On 24 April 2003, she was found guilty on 43 counts of fraud and 25 of theft, and her broker, Addy Moolman, was convicted on 58 counts of fraud and 25 of theft. … Read More
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 In a leaked letter to Jacob Zuma in October 2008, just-resigned President of South Africa Thabo Mbeki alluded to the role the ANC created for her in the anti-apartheid activism: … Read More
2009 72 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 2009, the Independent Electoral Commission ruled that Winnie Mandela, who was selected as an ANC candidate, could run in the April 2009 general election, despite having a fraud conviction. … Read More
In 2010, Madikizela-Mandela was interviewed by Nadira Naipaul. … Read More
2011 74 Years Old Jennifer Hudson played her in the biopic film, Winnie, directed by Darrell J. Roodt, released in Canada by D Films on 16 September 2011. … Read More
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