Mandela and his three wives: Evelyn, Winnie and Graca

Mandela and his three wives: Evelyn, Winnie and GracaNelson Mandela ducked out of an arranged marriage when he was a student, then went on to wed three times. In sharp contrast to Graca Machel and his feisty second wife Winnie, Mandela’s first wife was a demure country girl who kept well away from politics. Like him, Evelyn Wase hailed from the rural Transkei and had come to Johannesburg in the early 1940s to carve out a living in the big city.



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