One day, Winnie recalls seeing a scene in a shop with her father, whereby a Black man was squatting on his haunches and breaking off pieces off bread to feed to his wife while she breastfed their baby.All of a sudden a White youth – the son of the shop owners, came charging towards them and yelling that he wouldn’t have kaffirs making a mess in his store.
Along with her siblings, Winnie begged their father to attend, and eventually he acquiesced to their demand.
However, upon arriving at the town hall, it was discovered that these celebrations were “for whites only” and the children were forced to remain outside with their father while the white population enjoyed the merriment within.[iv] The obvious injustice struck a deep blow for Winnie, and thereafter she grew increasingly sensitised to the inequality of the world around her.
This helped create a closer bond with her father, who was known for his aloofness despite wielding a great love for his children.
Colombus, to all intents and purposes, was a proud man who greatly valued educated and who saw the importance of educating his children about their Pondo roots as well as traditional academic subjects.
Mother of the Nation, Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, tragically passed away on Monday after a long illness. Nelson Mandela and Winnie were married a year later. Mama Winnie spent 18 months in solitary confinement at Pretoria Central Prison.
Nomzamo Winfreda Zanyiwe Madikizela was born on 26 September 1936, in a remote village called e Mbongweni in the Eastern Cape. Winnie is the fourth child of nine children, she had seven sisters and one brother. Later she earned a Bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Witwatersrand. When Winnie accepted a position at Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto after her graduation, she became the first black social worker in South Africa. She met a dashing lawyer, who was also an anti-apartheid activist, in 1957.
Therefore she was able to benefit from an education that was on par with her White peers at the time.
She passed her junior certificate (Standard 8) with distinction and then went on to study at Shawsbury, a Methodist mission school at Qumbu.
It was one of many instances for which her mother administered a hefty beating.[iii] As a young girl, Winnie’s family moved around within the former Transkei, due to her father’s work.
She attended primary school in Bizana but when she was nine years old, the family moved to e Mbongweni, where as well as attending school, Winnie would help her father to labour on the farm.
He kicked at them and their food and forced them out of the shop. She could not understand how this man could allow himself to be treated thusly, or why her father, who was such a staunch moralist, would not intervene where his morality so obviously demanded that he should.