Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: An incredible life in pictures


Struggle veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela died at the age of 81, at the Netcare Milpark Hospital, Johannesburg, on Monday.

Books, movies and operas have been made about one of South Africa’s most well-known, mysterious, yet endearing women. City Press looks back at a remarkable life:

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and her former husband, the late former president Nelson Mandela. More than 25 years ago, Madikizela-Mandela stood trial on eight counts of kidnapping and assault over the death of Stompie Seipei. Picture: Media Lybrari
An early photo of Madikizela-Mandela. Picture: Supplied
A picture of a young Madikizela-Mandela, already displaying the elegance that would make her an icon of style.
Madikizela-Mandela leaves the North Gauteng High Court in 2005. She had applied for leave to appeal her fraud convictions. The charges related to loans obtained from Saambou Bank for non-ANC Women’s League employees, using letters on women’s league letterheads bearing Madikizela-Mandela’s signature. Picture: Alet Pretorius
In this November 1997 file photo, Madikizela-Mandela listens to evidence at the Truth and Reconciliation hearings in Johannesburg. Prosecutors had exhumed a mass grave of paupers to find the remains of two would-be freedom fighters, hoping tales from the grave could help resolve a 25-year-old case about the disappearance of two young men last seen at her home. The TRC Commission concluded she should be held responsible for the disappearances of Lolo Sono, (21) and Siboniso Tshabalala (19). Picture: Odd Anderson/AP
Madikizela-Mandela attends the hearing of Sizwe Mankazana, who appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court in 2012 on a culpable homicide charge following a car accident in 2010 in which Nelson Mandela's great-granddaughter Zenani died. Mankazana was the driver of the car. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, her daughters Zindzi and Zenani, and the child's mother Zoleka attended the hearing. Picture: Lucky Maibi
Madikizela-Mandela and Mandela’s new wife Graca Machel kissing before the opening of Winnie – The Opera at the State Theatre in April 2011. The opera depicted Madikizela-Mandela facing accusations that she helped a gang of young men terrorise Soweto in the late 1980s. Picture: Sizwe Ndingane/Pretoria News
In this 2012 photo, Madikizela-Mandela talks to the staff of the Nelson Mandela Foundation about her best-selling book, 491 days: Prisoner number1323/69. Picture Felix Dlangamandla
In this photo taken July 18, 2004, Madiba is flanked by his wife Machel (left) and his former wife Madikizela-Mandela on his 86th birthday party in Qunu. Madikizela-Mandela was back in the spotlight as investigators re-opened murder dockets about the fate of two young activists last seen at her home. Picture: Debbie Yazbek/Star file/AP Photo
Madikizela-Mandela flanked by then deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa and EFF leader Julius Malema as they share a light moment during her 80th birthday celebrations at Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town in September 2016. Picture: Elmond Jiyane, GCIS
Madikizela Mandela’s grandchildren cut a Nelson Mandela birthday cake as part of Madiba’s birthday celebrations at the Mandela Family Restaurant in Vilakazi Street, Orlando West, Soweto in 2014. Madikizela-Mandela, her daughter Zindzi Mandela and Mandela family members also hosted a group of elderly women from Soweto. Picture: Leon Sadiki/City Press
Madiba and Madikizela-Mandela attend their grandson’s oathtaking ceremony at Medunsa Campus on December 4 2009. Zinhle Dlamini was their first grandson to become a medical doctor. Picture: Alet Pretorius/Foto24
Madikizela-Mandela attends the opening of Parliament and the State of the Nation in February 2014. Picture: Lulama Zenzile
An emotional Madikizela-Mandela attends a memorial service for struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada in 2017. Picture: Christopher Moagi
Madikizela-Mandela at her granddaughter Swati Dlamini's fashion event in Hyde Park Corner in 2009. Picture: Leon Sadiki/City Press
An emotional Madikizela Mandela gives a eulogy during the funeral of anti-apartheid stalwart and women's rights activist Fatima Meer at Durban's Exhibition Centre in 2010. Madikizela-Mandela had a very close friendship with Meer spanning close to five decades. Picture: Rajesh Jantilal
Madikizela-Mandela with then president Jacob Zuma and Ramaphosa at the party’s national conference last year. Picture: Leon Sadiki/City Press
Madikizela-Mandela at her 80th birthday concert, featuring Letta Mbulu and Caiphus Semenya. Picture: Peter Abrahams
Madikizela-Mandela attends the ANC Women’s League’s celebration in 2016 in honour of her 80th birthday. Picture: Felix Dlangamandla
Machel and Madikizela-Mandela at the Mthatha Airport during the arrival of the remains of Madiba in Mthatha in 2013. Picture: GCIS
Ramaphosa embarked on an intense voter registration drive in Soweto in March 2018, and he and Gauteng Premier David Makhura visited Madikizela-Mandela at her home. Picture: Felix Dlangamandla/Netwerk24

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