Have feminists abandoned Winnie?

Former wife of the late South African President Nelson Mandela, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela waves as she attends the 54th ANC National Conference in Johannesburg on December 16, 2017. PHOTO | MUJAHID SAFODIEN | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Many of the news outlets depicted Winnie Mandela as a woman who stood beside her husband in his fight against apartheid but also as one mired in scandal.

  • History depicts Nelson Mandela as an astounding freedom fighter.

  • In Mandela’s memoirs, he repeatedly credited his wife Winnie for his endurance, perseverance and ability to carry on with the cause while in prison.

On April 2, the breaking news of the death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela spread internationally and many expressed deep sadness.

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