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Farewell to Mam Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Winnie Mandela

Winnie Mandela

On Monday afternoon, South Africans lost who was known as the "Mother of the Nation" to a long illness. Winnie Mandela was known for her strong, defiant personality and her loyalty to bringing democracy to South Africa during the apartheid era. 

Winnie worked as a social worker in the 1950's, where she met and married Nelson Mandela within a year in 1958. The two worked together to fight the injustices of apartheid, but their time together did not last long as Madiba was sentenced to life in prison in the early 1960's. It was then that Winnie truly became the foot soldier of the anti-apartheid fight, attending rallies, funerals and marches and experiencing, first-hand, the wrath of the police force. She was held in detention for 491 days, forcefully removed from her home, harassed and threatened throughout the years Madiba was in prison. In 1991, Madiba was released, marking the first time Winnie had seen her husband in over 20 years. 

Today, we celebrate the life and achievements of Winnie, who fought to end the racism that governed South Africa for 48 years, featuring Artscape's CEO Dr. Marlene Le Roux, Mam Sindiwe Magona, video tributes from Thando Thabete, Kuli Roberts, Felicia Suttle, Tumi Morake and more.

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