Monday, 21 May, 2018

Winnie Mandela left an indelible mark on history

Nelson Mandela with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on their wedding day Nelson Mandela with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on their wedding day
Sammy Stanley | 14 April, 2018, 20:01

And Winnie Mandela was the glue.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's daughter Zenani Mandela-Dlamini has questioned why some people have only started revealing the truth about her mother after her death. She endured vigilance, harassment, torture, and imprisonment, and with that example of resistance inspired countless people, she helped keep hope alive during the darkest periods of the struggle.

In February 1989, the United Democratic Front, a coalition of 400 organizations fighting apartheid, publicly distanced itself from Winnie Mandela and her actions. She died on Monday, April 2, at the age of 81.

Dignitaries include civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson as well as Presidents of the Republic of Congo and Namibia.

The late Madikizela-Mandela was on Saturday laid to rest at the Fourways Memorial Park in Johannesburg.

The official funeral proceedings at the stadium will bring together political rivals‚ including the ANC's Cyril Ramaphosa and the EFF's Julius Malema‚ both of whom also joined her at the 80th birthday party.

In 1991, a court found Ms Madikizela-Mandela guilty of the boy's kidnapping and assault and sentenced her to six years in jail.

During Mandela's 27-year incarceration for his fight against apartheid, Madikizela-Mandela campaigned for his release and for the rights of black South Africans undergoing detention, banishment and arrest. Not lengthy after, she met African Nationwide Congress activist Mandela and the couple married in 1958, forming one of the vital storied unions of the century.

West holds back Syria attack plan
The Russian leader warned against "ill-considered and risky actions ... that would have consequences beyond conjecture". The Russian military also claimed Syria shot down the cruise missiles that were launched at a Syrian air base.

In a fiery speech at Madikizela-Mandela's funeral at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday, Malema called for the Cape Town International Airport to be renamed after the struggle icon.

After Mr Mandela was imprisoned, his wife embraced her own leadership in the freedom struggle with steely determination and at great personal sacrifice.

It took a toll.

The panelists also took time to reflect on specific media reports and tributes to Madikizela-Mandela.

She added that, "We need to reclaim the liberation narrative of women across the continent".

"To young black women her legacy is that you need to live your truth and fight the beast that is patriarchy". "It is turn into clear that South Africa, and certainly the world, holds women and men to completely different requirements of morality". "Don't think for a minute that we've forgotten", she said.

For years, Nelson Mandela and the ANC were labeled terrorists by a US government that saw the apartheid government as its ally.

Responding to Malema, the president said, "The wounds you are talking about are real wounds but today is the time to heal those wounds".

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