Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
South African politician
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
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.
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Between The Oscars And Sundance, It's A Promising Year For Inclusiveness In Hollywood
Huffington Post - 19 days
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The day Winnie took Malema and pals to police - Independent Online
Google News - 5 months
Independent Online The day Winnie took Malema and pals to police Independent Online Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's influence on young black revolutionaries was immense, as Julius Malema recalled in an interview with Janet Smith a few years ago. Julius Malema tells a story from 2003 when Cosas staged its infamous march in Joburg, and ... We owe Comrade Winnie enormous debt of gratitude - ANCNews24 Winnie celebrates 80th birthday in SowetoBDlive Women can be powerful leaders: DlaminiSouth African Broadcasting Corporation CHANNELS TELEVISION -Zalebs -Zimbabwe Star all 34 news articles »
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Winnie Mandela joins calls for South Africa's Jacob Zuma to resign -
Google News - 5 months Winnie Mandela joins calls for South Africa's Jacob Zuma to resign Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has joined calls for South African president Jacob Zuma to step down following a series of corruption scandals. Nelson Mandela's former wife said the ruling African National Congress needed new leaders. "We cannot pretend we ... ANC needs leadership overhaul: Winnie MandelaeNCA Zupta Contagion: Hard questions ANC must ask, but can'tDaily Maverick ANC needs fresh new leadership, says Madikizela-MandelaCitizen Mail & Guardian -BDlive -CapeTalk all 47 news articles »
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King Dalindyebo wishes Winnie well on birthday - Daily dispatch
Google News - 5 months
King Dalindyebo wishes Winnie well on birthday Daily dispatch Jailed AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo has sent a heartfelt birthday greeting to former first lady and human rights activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. 1 of 2. King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Writing from his East London ... and more »
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Presidency bashes Cope for saying Zuma‚ like Dalindyebo‚ is not above the law - Times LIVE
Google News - about 1 year
Times LIVE Presidency bashes Cope for saying Zuma‚ like Dalindyebo‚ is not above the law Times LIVE President Jacob Zuma , AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo and ANC veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in Nkandla when the king went to apologise to the president on Christmas Eve 2014 for calling the president a "liar" and a "Zulu boy". File photo ... SACP welcomes King Dalindyebo's incarcerationNews24 Contralesa pinning hopes on President Zuma to pardon King DalindyeboEyewitness News SACP welcomes Dalindyebos imprisonmentSouth African Broadcasting Corporation Sowetan Live (press release) (registration) (blog) -Reuters Africa -Independent Online all 317 news articles »
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Genevieve Nnaji And Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Make Arise 100, Dynamic Women List
Information Nigeria - almost 2 years
Nollywood veteran actress, Genevieve Nnaji and award-winning Nigerian author, Chimamanda Adichie were among the list of Nigerian women of Arise Magazine’s 100: Dynamic Women. The list, which is broken down into 5 categories, celebrates the achievements of these women who are shaping modern Africa today and has a number of other Nigerian women in the list. See full list below: – Business & Law: Ayo Obe, Vice Chair, National Crisis Group, Nigeria Bridgette Radebe, President, South African Mining Development Association, SA Cherie Blair, lawyer, UK Dambisa Moyo, economist, Zambia/US Dr Eleni Gabre-Madhin, founder, Ethiopia Commodity Exchange, Ethiopia Eva Muraya, co-founder and CEO, Color Creations Group, Kenya Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court, The Gambia Genevieve Sangudi, Managing Director, Carlyle Group Africa, Tanzania Hajia Bola Shagaya, founder and CEO, Bolmus Group International, Nigeria Irene Charnley, CEO, Smile Teleco ...
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Nelson Mandela's will leaves money for family and staff but nothing for Winnie
Guardian (UK) - about 3 years
Widow Graça Machel likely to waive share of inheritance but feuds over anti-apartheid leader's trusts could still go to court Nelson Mandela left money in his will to children and grandchildren, staff and the African National Congress (ANC) but gave nothing to his ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, it emerged on Monday. The family of South Africa's first black president, who died two months ago aged 95, gathered behind closed doors at his foundation in Johannesburg to hear the reading of the will, which carves up an estate estimated at 46m rand (£2.52m). The most conspicuous omission was Madikizela-Mandela, his wife of 38 years during the struggle against racial apartheid. They divorced in 1996 but became close again towards the end of his life and, along with his third wife, Graça Machel, she was at his bedside when he died. It also emerged that the former president's daughters, each given $300,000 (£184,000) by him during his lifetime, get no further money now. But Machel's chil ...
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Kate Middleton Recycles Slinky, Long-Sleeved Gown at Mandela Premiere With Prince William: Pictures
US Magazine - about 3 years
Kate Middleton may not hail from Hollywood, but she can work a red carpet with the best of 'em. Attending the London premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom with Prince William on Thursday, Dec. 5, the Duchess of Cambridge looked positively ravishing. See more pics of Middleton here. PHOTOS: Kate Middleton's stunning post-baby style Prince George's parents arrived at Leicester Square at exactly 7:15 p.m., and took their time making their way into Odeon Leicester Square Cinema. Middleton, 31, was radiant (and, of course, slim) in a slinky, cream-colored Roland Mouret gown -- the "Lombard" -- which she accessorized with a black clutch, black heels, and a sparkling statement necklace from Zara. (It retails for just 20 pounds!) Her hair, now a richer, darker brown, was pulled back into a low ponytail. PHOTOS: The Duchess' best hairstyles The Duchess has actually worn the Lombard before -- to a dinner at Claridges in 2012. In January, designer Mouret spoke about the gown wi ...
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'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' Anchored By Idris Elba
Huffington Post - about 3 years
If there were ever a season to learn, via the movies, about crucial periods of history, it's this one. Last month we were introduced to "12 Years a Slave," Steve McQueen's unforgettable look at American slavery, through one man with an incredible story. And now we have "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," a film about another vital chapter in the world's history — the struggle against apartheid in South Africa — also through the incredible story of one man, albeit one we know well, and an adored hero of our times. Cinematically, "Mandela," directed by Justin Chadwick and based on Mandela's autobiography, is not nearly as groundbreaking, nor as powerful, as "12 Years a Slave." But that doesn't mean it doesn't handle its subject with admirable ambition and scope. It is, though, that ambition and scope that also bogs down the movie a bit. Mandela's life is portrayed here from his beginnings in a rural village to his election as president in 1994 at age 75. That's a huge amount of ground to ...
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Rare Mandela mementos to go under the hammer
Yahoo News - over 3 years
A collection of Nelson Mandela's personal items, including his photograph with boxing legend Muhammad Ali, will go under the hammer in South Africa next week, in a rare auction of the peace icon's memorabilia. The collection includes the historic speech he delivered from the dock in 1964 during the Rivonia Trial that sent him to prison, and his picture with ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela entering a packed stadium in Soweto to address supporters after his release from jail in 1990.
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Mandela still 'stable but critical', responds to treatment
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Nelson Mandela remains in a "stable but critical" condition, but "continues to respond to treatment", the South African government said in its first update on his health since September. "The health of the former President remains much the same," according to a statement issued after President Jacob Zuma visited the anti-apartheid icon at his home Monday. He is using facial expressions to communicate, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela added. Mandela, who spent 27 years in apartheid jails before becoming South Africa's first black leader, has faced several health scares.
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Nelson Mandela Remains 'Quite Ill' And Can't Speak
Huffington Post - over 3 years
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela's ex-wife says South Africa's former president remains "quite ill" and unable to speak because of tubes that are keeping his lungs clear of fluid, though he is relaxed. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela told South Africa's Sunday Independent newspaper that Mandela's room at his suburban home "is like an ICU ward," because the 95-year-old anti-apartheid leader "remains very sensitive to any germs." She said that he cannot speak because of the tubes in his mouth meant to clear the fluid from his lungs to prevent infection. Madikizela-Mandela denied he is on life support and said 22 doctors are treating him. Mandela has been in intensive medical care at his Johannesburg home since being discharged Sept. 1 after nearly three months in a hospital for a recurring lung infection.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
  • 2013
    Age 76
    Mandela was again portrayed in the 2013 film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom by actress Naomie Harris (British actor Idris Elba played Nelson Mandela).
    More Details Hide Details On viewing the film, Madikizela-Mandela told Harris it was "the first time she felt her story had been captured on film". Gugulethu okaMseleku, writing in The Guardian, stated that the film had returned Winnie Mandela to her rightful place, recognising her role in "the struggle" that, "for South African women… was more fundamental than her husband's."
  • 2011
    Age 74
    Jennifer Hudson played her in Winnie Mandela, directed by Darrell Roodt, released in Canada by D Films on 16 September 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Roodt, Andre Pieterse, and Paul L. Johnson based the film's script on Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob's biography, Winnie Mandela: A Life. The Creative Workers Union of South Africa opposed the choice of Hudson in the title role, saying the use of foreign actors to tell the country's stories undermined efforts to develop the national film industry.
  • 2010
    Age 73
    Sophie Okonedo portrayed her in the BBC drama Mrs Mandela, first broadcast on BBC Four on 25 January 2010.
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    The interview attracted media attention, and the ANC announced that it would ask her to explain her comments regarding Nelson Mandela. On 14 March 2010, a statement was issued on behalf of Winnie Mandela claiming that the interview was a fabrication.
    More Details Hide Details Mandela was first portrayed by Alfre Woodard in the TV movie Mandela. Tina Lifford portrayed her in the 1997 TV drama Mandela and de Klerk.
    In 2010, Madikizela-Mandela was interviewed by Nadira Naipaul.
    More Details Hide Details In the interview, she attacked her ex-husband, claiming that he had "let blacks down", that he was only "wheeled out to collect money", and that he is "nothing more than a foundation". She further attacked his decision to accept the Nobel Peace Prize with FW De Klerk. Among other things, she reportedly claimed Mandela was no longer "accessible" to her daughters. She referred to Archbishop Tutu, in his capacity as the head of the Truth and Reconciliation commission, as a "cretin".
  • 2009
    Age 72
    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.
    More Details Hide Details An article in The Observer suggested her position near the top of the list indicated that the party's leadership saw her as a valuable asset in the election with regard to solidifying support among the party's grassroots and the poor.
  • 2008
    Age 71
    In a leaked letter to Jacob Zuma in October 2008, just-resigned President of South Africa Thabo Mbeki alluded to the role the ANC had created for her in its anti-apartheid activism: In the context of the global struggle for the release of political prisoners in our country, our movement took a deliberate decision to profile Nelson Mandela as the representative personality of these prisoners, and therefore to use his personal political biography, including the persecution of his then wife, Winnie Mandela, dramatically to present to the world and the South African community the brutality of the apartheid system.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details She apologised to the victims of the riots and visited the Alexandra township. She offered her home as shelter for an immigrant family from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She warned that the perpetrators of the violence could strike at the Gauteng train system.
  • 2007
    Age 70
    When the ANC announced the election of its National Executive Committee on 21 December 2007, Madikizela-Mandela placed first with 2845 votes.
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    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.
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  • 2003
    Age 66
    On 24 April 2003, Winnie Mandela 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.
    More Details Hide Details Both had pleaded not guilty to the charges, which related to money taken from loan applicants' accounts for a funeral fund, but from which the applicants did not benefit. Madikizela-Mandela was sentenced to five years in prison. Shortly after the conviction, she resigned from all leadership positions in the ANC, including her parliamentary seat and the presidency of the ANC Women's League. In July 2004, an appeal judge of the Pretoria High Court ruled that "the crimes were not committed for personal gain". The judge overturned the conviction for theft, but upheld the one for fraud, handing her a three years and six months suspended sentence.
  • 1997
    Age 60
    Earlier in 1997, she appeared before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
    More Details Hide Details Archbishop Desmond Tutu as chairman of the commission recognised her importance in the anti-apartheid struggle, but exhorted her to apologise and to admit her mistakes. In a guarded response, she admitted "things went horribly wrong".
  • 1996
    Age 59
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Winnie could be seen almost daily visiting her former husband Nelson Mandela at the Mediclinic heart hospital in Pretoria where he was receiving treatment. Of all the major figures who came to global prominence during the South African liberation struggle, Ms. Madikizela-Mandela was seen as the most at home in the world of celebrity culture, and for many of the years just before Mr. Mandela's release from 27 years in prison, she was his public face, bringing word of his thoughts and his state of mind. She was offered academic honours abroad. A controversial activist, she remains popular among her supporters, who refer to her as the 'Mother of the Nation', yet reviled by others after the South African Truth and Reconciliation commission found that she had personally been responsible for the murder, torture, abduction and assault of numerous men, women and children, as well as indirectly responsible for an even larger number of such crimes.
  • 1994
    Age 57
    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.
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  • 1993
    Age 56
    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.
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  • 1990
    Age 53
    During South Africa's transition to democracy, she adopted a far less conciliatory and compromising attitude than her husband toward the white community. Despite being on her husband's arm when he was released in 1990, the first time the two had been seen in public for nearly thirty years, the Mandelas' 38-year marriage ended when they separated in April 1992 after it was revealed she had been unfaithful to her husband during his imprisonment. The couple divorced in March 1996.
    More Details Hide Details She then adopted the surname Madikizela-Mandela. Appointed Deputy Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology in the first post-Apartheid government (May 1994), she was dismissed eleven months later following allegations of corruption.
  • 1989
    Age 52
    She was said to have paid the equivalent of $8,000 and supplied the firearm used in the killing, which took place on 27 January 1989.
    More Details Hide Details The hearings were later adjourned amid claims that witnesses were being intimidated on Winnie Mandela's orders.
  • 1988
    Age 51
    On 29 December 1988, Richardson, who was coach of the Mandela United Football Club (MUFC), which acted as Mrs. Mandela's personal security detail, abducted 14-year-old James Seipei (also known as Stompie Moeketsi) and three other youths from the home of a Methodist minister, Rev. Paul Verryn, claiming she had the youths taken to her home because she suspected the reverend was sexually abusing them.
    More Details Hide Details The four were beaten to get them to admit to having had sex with the minister. Seipei was accused of being an informer, and his body later found in a field with stab wounds to the throat on 6 January 1989. In 1991, she was acquitted of all but the kidnapping. Her six-year jail sentence was reduced to a fine on appeal. The final report of the South African Truth and Reconciliation commission, issued in 1998, found "Ms Winnie Madikizela Mandela politically and morally accountable for the gross violations of human rights committed by the MUFC" and that she "was responsible, by omission, for the commission of gross violations of human rights." In 1992, she was accused of ordering the murder of Dr. Abu-Baker Asvat, a family friend who had examined Seipei at Mandela's house, after Seipei had been abducted but before he had been killed. Mandela's role was later probed as part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings, in 1997.
  • 1986
    Age 49
    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."
    More Details Hide Details Further tarnishing her reputation were accusations by her bodyguard, Jerry Musivuzi Richardson, that she had ordered kidnapping and murder.
  • 1985
    Age 48
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Award is given annually by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights to an individual or group whose courageous activism is at the heart of the human rights movement and in the spirit of Robert F. Kennedy's vision and legacy. She received a Candace Award for Distinguished Service from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women in 1988.
  • 1969
    Age 32
    Beginning in 1969, she spent eighteen months in solitary confinement at Pretoria Central Prison.
    More Details Hide Details It was at this time that Winnie Mandela became well known in the West. She organised local clinics, campaigned actively for equal rights and was promoted by the ANC as a symbol of its struggle against apartheid.
  • 1963
    Age 26
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Her attempt to obtain a settlement up to US$5 million, half of what she claimed her ex-husband was worth, was dismissed when she failed to appear in court for a settlement hearing. When asked about the possibility of reconciliation in a 1994 interview, Winnie said: "I am not fighting to be the country's First Lady. In fact, I am not the sort of person to carry beautiful flowers and be an ornament to everyone." Due to her political activities, Winnie was regularly detained by the South African government. She was tortured, subjected to house arrest, kept under surveillance, held in solitary confinement for over a year and banished to a remote town. She emerged as a leading opponent of apartheid during the later years of her husband's imprisonment (August 1963 – February 1990). 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.
  • 1957
    Age 20
    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).
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  • 1956
    Age 19
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She held a number of jobs in various parts of what was then the Bantustan of Transkei, including with the Transkei government, living at various times in Bizana, Shawbury and Johannesburg. Her first job was as a social worker at Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto.
  • 1936
    Born on September 26, 1936.
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