The Bold and Beautiful

Winnie Mandela ANC

Winnie Madikizela Mandela (born 1936), South Africa's first black professional social welfare worker, chose service to needy people and devotion of her energy and skill to the struggle for equality and justice for all people in South Africa. After her marriage to Nelson Mandela in 1958, she suffered harassment, imprisonment, and periodic banishment for her continuing involvement in that struggle. After 1962 Winnie Mandela was subjected to a virtually uninterrupted series of legal orders (so-called banning orders), which prevented her from living, working, and socializing like any other ordinary person. She was prohibited from publishing or addressing more than one person at a time, subjected to house arrest, incarcerated in solitary confinement, terrorized by police harassment and arbitrary arrest, and on May 17, 1977, she was seized from her home in the Orlando section of Soweto and forced to reside in the black township outside the rural town of Brandfort in the distant Orange Free State. In April 1992, Nelson and Winnie Mandela agreed to separate after 33 years of marriage. In 2013, Jennifer Hudson and Terrance Howard starred in a movie that chronicles the life of Winnie Mandela from her childhood through marriage and her husband’s incarceration. 

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