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Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela-Mandela, political campaigner, She was born on September 26, 1934, the fourth daughter of a prosperous family in the Transkei died 2 April 2018

Rarely can there have been someone who was called to greatness and yet failed that calling as decisively as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who has died aged 81 after a long illness. In Harlem, they called her “the Queen of Africa”, in South Africa “the Mother of the Nation”. In the end, she was neither, her reputation irrevocably mired in murder and fraud.

The main part of her story unfolded over nearly four decades of marriage to Nelson Mandela, during much of which he was imprisoned along with other leaders of the African National Congress. She remained active in the freedom struggle, though subject to persecution and shorter periods of imprisonment. When Nelson was released in 1990, she was by his side, but her actions before then, and her inability to establish a sound political role after his election as president in 1994 left her a marginalized figure despite her great personal following.

Born in the famously rebellious district of Pondoland in the Eastern Cape, Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela was one of nine children – six of them daughters – of two teachers and devout Methodists, Columbus Madikizela and his wife, Gertrude.

Winnie’s biographer Emma Gilbey (The Lady: Life and Times of Winnie Mandela, 1993) records that she was a rebel in her own right from an early age. By ancestry and circumstance, she was an explosive mixture. Her mother, who had red hair, blue eyes and “very pale skin”, seems to have been of mixed race and suffered for it at the hands of her mother-in-law, who tormented Gertrude as a mlungu, a white person.

Described as a tomboy, Winnie was, it seems, something more than that. Her first name, Nomzamo, translates as “she who must endure trials” – which, while it was true of her later life, may be said to have applied to those who had to suffer her early behavior. In a horrific account of one childhood fight, details of which are attributed to members of the family, Gilbey recounts how, “no longer content to rely on fists, feet, or even sticks, Winnie had secretly fashioned a vicious weapon by taking a tin and driving a nail through the bottom of it……Read More about the life of a Woman I named my Daugther after @ The Guadian.

Sources: The Guadian US Edition

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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

” I warned that we OVER NEGOTIATED, and truth was we may have lost the LAND again in the process, our struggle was a struggle for LAND – it was always been the return of land to those who owned the LAND” – Mother of the Nation ( Winnie Madikizela-Mandela).