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WINNIE MANDELA IN SIX QUOTES

Former South African President Nelson Mandela, age 90, is helped on to the stage by ANC presidential favorite Jacob Zuma (L), and Mandela's former wife Winnie Mandela (R), April 19, 2009 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was a firebrand activist who fought the apartheid regime in South Africa. She was far more militant than South Africa’s first black president, her ex-husband Nelson Mandela. She also became a critic of the African National Congress (ANC), the party to which she was fiercely loyal throughout her political life.

Here is a selection of some of her most compelling quotes.

“The years of imprisonment hardened me… I no longer have the emotion of fear… There is no longer anything I can fear. There is nothing the government has not done to me. There isn’t any pain I haven’t known” Continue reading

WINNIE MANDELA, NELSON MANDELA’S EX-WIFE, DIES AT 81

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the ex-wife of former South African leader Nelson Mandela who was a political force and contentious figure in her own right, has died at the age of 81, her family confirmed in statement on Monday.

Madikizela-Mandela was, along with her ex-husband, an iconic figure in the fight to end the racist Apartheid system imposed on South Africa under white rule. 

Madikizela-Mandela was married to Nelson Mandela from 1958 to 1996. Mandela was imprisoned throughout most of their marriage at the notorious Robben Island,  and Madikizela-Mandela’s own activism against the apartheid regime led to her being imprisoned for months and years under house arrest.
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JACOB ZUMA FACES CORRUPTION TRIAL

South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma is to face prosecution for 16 charges of corruption relating to a multi-billion-dollar arms deal. The case centres on a 30bn rand ($2.5bn; £1.7bn) deal to modernise the country’s defence in the late 1990s.

The charges – which Mr Zuma denies – include counts of fraud, racketeering and money laundering. Mr Zuma, 75, was forced to resign as president last month by his party, the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

He was facing his ninth no-confidence vote in parliament before he left office. Chief Prosecutor Shaun Abraham said he believed there were “reasonable prospects of a successful prosecution” in the case.

 

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