As a young social worker in 1950s Johannesburg, her beauty, style and character captivated the political activist and Tembu prince, Nelson Mandela. Together, they personified the rising aspirations and political awakening of their people, and, in so doing, inspired a nation. Through her fierce determination and dauntless courage, she survived her husband’s imprisonment, continuous harassment by the security police, banishment to a small Free State town, betrayal by friends and allies, and more than a year in solitary confinement – all the while keeping the struggle flame alight and the name of Nelson Mandela alive. A sensitive and balanced portrayal, the title nevertheless thoroughly investigates and honestly examines the controversies that have dogged Winnie Mandela in recent years – the allegations of kidnapping and murder, her divorce from Mandela, and the current charges of fraud.
Winnie Mandela: A Life
Few people have courted as much controversy or evoked such strong and divergent emotions as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Adored by some, abhorred by others, she bears a name famous throughout the world, yet not many people know the woman behind the headlines, myths and controversies, or the details of the fascinating story that is her life. This biography reveals the enigma that is Winnie Mandela, by exploring both her personal and political life. The reader is given a rare glimpse into Winnie’s strict yet happy rural upbringing, where the foundations were laid for her faith, compassion and indomitable resolve.
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Annè Marié du Preez Bezdrob
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Anné Mariè du Preez Bezdrob is an award-winning former political journalist. She was a radio and television presenter, and has worked for the United Nations in New York; in Namibia on the UNTAG mission leading up to Namibia’s independence; and on the UNPROFOR mission during the war in Bosnia, where she spent two years in Sarajevo.
She is the author of numerous articles in the local and international media, a number of short stories, and the acclaimed political biographies:
– Winnie Mandela: A Life – Prescribed reading at Boston University in the USA for the fourth year running. The film ‘Winnie Mandela’, with Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson in the lead role, is based on the book.
– Sarajevo Roses: War Memoir of a Peacekeeper – An account of experiences as a UN peacekeeper during the war in Bosnia.
– The Nelson Mandela Story – Hailed by The Sowetan as the best biography of Nelson Mandela.
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