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This resource is hosted by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, but was compiled and authored by Padraig O’Malley. It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

Mandela, Winnie Madikizela

1934 -

Winnie met Nelson Mandela in 1957 during the Defiance Campaign. She was banned in 1962, and in 1969 she was detained under the Terrorism Act. In 1970 she was put under house arrest. She was one of the founders of the Black Women's Federation and the Black Parents' Association. In 1977 she was banished to Brandfort.

In 1991 Winnie was elected to the NEC of the ANC and she also became president of the ANC Women's League. In 1994 she was appointed Deputy Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology, but was subsequently dismissed after involvement in a contentious court case.

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