Hidden by clashing layers of mythmaking, 77-year-old Winnie Mandela is a difficult figure to see clearly. At first, when she came to global attention during the 1970s and 1980s, she was conjured up as the supreme victim of Apartheid South Africa. In 1962, she became the young wife forcibly severed from her incarcerated husband Nelson by the South African state; in 1969, she was the mother arrested and imprisoned by the authorities under the Terrorism Act, and sentenced to 491 days in solitary confinement; and in late 1977, she was the woman banished to a life of isolation and penury in a small town in the Orange Free State.
History makers: Winnie Mandela
As the world rushes in to praise Nelson Mandela, we reassess the role of his one-time wife, Winnie.
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