By April 6, 2018 Big Shot, Buzzfeed

Winnie Mandela, most commonly known as the ‘flawed heroine’ of South Africa, died at the age of 81.
Here are some facts you must know about this popular woman.

1.Winnie Mandela was born on September 26th,1936 and named Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela.

2.Termed as “Mother of the nation”, she was an anti-apartheid icon who constantly supported the black majority. Winnie Mandela was ex-wife of Nelson Mandela. They remained together for 38 years, and later separated due to certain issues.

3. In 1955, she became the country’s first black social worker in a hospital, in Soweto township.
4. She suffered from several harassments, pain and assault in the prison. She eventually emerged as an influential African National Congress figure.

5. She even suffered a house arrest for long years. The struggle which her husband went through in 27 years in prison, gave her strength to fight against the whites.

6. She was found guilty and finned for kidnapping and murder of a youth by her bodyguards.
7. Later, in 1994 she donned the place of the deputy minister of arts,culture,science and tech, in nelson Mandela’s unity government.


President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday said -“In the face of exploitation, she was a champion of justice and equality.”

Though after few years her reputation became tainted legally as well as politically, yet her steadfast beliefs and good leadership quality made continuously alive in the hearts of millions.

Aishwarya Bhat

Aishwarya Bhat

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