A look back at the life of anti-apartheid campaigner and ex-wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela.
She was born in the village of Mbongweni,  Bizana, Pondolandin what is now the Eastern Cape province. She was the fifth of nine children, seven sisters and a brother. Her parents, Columbus and Gertrude, who had a white father and Xhosa mother,  were both teachers.
Columbus was a Winnie madikizela mandela teacher and a headmaster, and Gertrude was a domestic science teacher. Gertrude died when Winnie was nine years old, resulting in the break-up of her family when the siblings were sent to live with different relatives. Her first job was as a social worker at Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto.
Mandela was arrested and jailed inand was not released until They finalised their divorce in March with an unspecified out-of-court settlement. During the divorce hearing, Nelson Mandela rejected Madikizela-Mandela's assertion that Winnie madikizela mandela could salvage the marriage, and cited her infidelity as a cause of the divorce,  saying " I am determined to get rid of the marriage".
In fact, I am not the sort of person to carry beautiful flowers and be an ornament to everyone. Her case was dismissed by the Mthatha High Court in and she was reportedly preparing to appeal to the Constitutional Court at the time of her death, after failing at the Supreme Court of Appeal in January Due to her political activities, she was regularly detained by the National Party government.
She was subjected to house arrest, kept under surveillance, imprisoned, and banished to the remote town of Brandford. She organised a creche with an NGO, Operation Hunger  and a clinic in Brandfort with Dr Abu Baker Asvather personal physician,  campaigned actively for equal rights and was promoted by the ANC as a symbol of their struggle against apartheid.
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.
Sono's father said he saw his son in a kombi with Winnie Mandela, and that his son had been badly beaten. At the subsequent Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings, Sono's stepmother said, "I am pleading with Mrs Mandela today, in front of the whole world, that please, Mrs Mandela, give us our son back.
Even if he is dead, let Mrs Mandela give us the remains of our son, so that we must bury him decently. Paul Verryn with Richardson claiming that Winnie Mandela had the youths taken to her home because she suspected the reverend was sexually abusing them allegations that were baseless .
The four were beaten to get them to admit to having had sex with the minister. Negotiations that lasted 10 days, by senior ANC and community leaders to get the kidnapped boys released by Winnie Mandela failed.
Abu Baker Asvata family friend, and prominent Soweto doctor,  who had examined Seipei at Mandela's house, after Seipei had been abducted, but before he had been killed.
According to Heslinga, Richardson admitted during an interview that Moeketsi discovered he was an informant, and that he killed the child to cover his tracks.
Truth and Reconciliation Commission South Africa The final report of the Truth and Reconciliation commission TRCissued infound "Ms Winnie Madikizela Mandela politically and morally accountable for the gross violations of human rights committed by the Mandela United Football Club" and that she "was responsible, by omission, for the commission of gross violations of human rights.
The TRC also found that she was responsible for the abduction of, and assaults on, Stompie Sepei, and that she had attempted to cover up his death by claiming he had fled to Botswana. She then adopted the surname "Madikizela-Mandela".
Also inshe lost her position as the head  of the ANC social welfare department, amid allegations of corruption.Apr 14, · Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s coffin being brought into Orlando Stadium in Soweto, South Africa, on Saturday.
“She was an African woman who in her attitude, her words and her actions defied the. Mrs Madikizela-Mandela was born in in what is now Eastern Cape province. She was a trained social worker when she met her future husband in the s.
They went on to have two daughters together.
Winnie Madikizela was born in the village of Mbongweni, Bizana, in the Transkei. She was the fourth of eight children. Her father, Columbus, was minister of the Transkei Governments’ Forestry and Agriculture Department during Kaizer Matanzima's rule.
Watch video · Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the ex-wife of South Africa's former President Nelson Mandela, has died at the age of The anti-apartheid campaigner and second wife .
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, a hero of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa but also one of its most controversial figures, has died aged . Watch video · Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the former wife of Nelson Mandela and for decades one of South Africa’s most prominent and polarizing figures, died April 2 at a hospital in Johannesburg. Mrs Madikizela-Mandela was born in in what is now Eastern Cape province. She was a trained social worker when she met her future husband in the s. They went on to have two daughters together.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela greets well-wishers gathered to wish to former President Nelson Mandela happy birthday outside the hospital . Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, a hero of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa but also one of its most controversial figures, has died aged .