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Soweto pays final respects to Winnie Mandela

Soweto pays final respects to Winnie MandelaHundreds of people lined the streets of Soweto on Friday to see the funeral procession of Winnie Mandela ahead of her final send-off this weekend. A black hearse carrying the body of Mandela, one of the most divisive figures in the anti-apartheid struggle, slowly drove to her house led by uniformed men bearing the flag of her African National Congress (ANC) party. Mandela, who died in Johannesburg aged 81 on April 2 after a long illness, was celebrated for keeping her husband Nelson Mandela’s dream of a non-racial South Africa alive during his 27-year imprisonment.



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Winnie Mandela, 'mother', then 'mugger', of new South Africa

Winnie Mandela, 'mother', then 'mugger', of new South AfricaBy Ed Cropley JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Hailed as mother of the ‘new’ South Africa, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s legacy as an anti-apartheid heroine was undone when she was revealed to be a ruthless ideologue prepared to sacrifice laws and lives in pursuit of revolution and redress. The contradiction helped kill their marriage and destroyed the esteem in which she was held by many South Africans, although the firebrand activist retained the support of radical black nationalists to the end. In her twilight years, Madikizela-Mandela, who died on Monday aged 81, had frequent run-ins with authority that further undermined her reputation as a fighter against the white-minority regime that ran Africa’s most advanced economy from 1948 to 1994.



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Winnie Mandela, former wife of Nelson Mandela dies at 81

Winnie Mandela, former wife of Nelson Mandela dies at 81Winnie Mandela, the former wife of South African anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, died on Monday aged 81, triggering an outpouring of tributes to one of the country’s defining and most divisive figures.



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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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