The Mother of the nation of South Africa Winnie madikizela Mandela was born on 26 September 1936. She is a South African activist and politician who has held several government positions and headed the African National Congress Women’s League. She is a member of the ANC’s National Executive Committee.
Here are Top 12 things you probably didn’t know about her that might surprise you.
She was born Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela. Her Xhosa name is Nomzamo which means “She who tries”. She was born in the village of eMbongweni, Bizana, Pondoland, in what is now South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province.
2. Has 8 siblings.
She was born the fourth out of nine children, which included seven sisters and a brother.
3. She grew up Poor.
Her parents, Columbus and Gertrude, were both teachers. Columbus was a history teacher and a headmaster, and Gertrude was a domestic science teacher. Gertrude died when Winnie was nine, resulting in the break-up of her family as all the siblings were sent to live with different relatives in
other to afford food, shelter and tuition.
She met lawyer and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela in 1957. She was 22 and was standing at