Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: the dark side of the legend revealed

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: the dark side of the legend revealed

On Monday, South Africans had to bid farewell to one of the most influential political leaders in the country's history.

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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was one of the most fearless apartheid activists, and her no-nonsense attitude was one of the many characteristics that made her such an influential personality.

In honour of the death Winnie, who was of one of the people who contributed immensely to end the suffering of those oppressed in apartheid, looked at some of Madiba's ex-wife's quotes that best described how she was.

1. Winnie on what made her the way she was

I am the product of the masses of my country and the product of my enemy.

2. Nelson Mandela's ex-wife always believed they were stronger together, and together she and her people could change the country

"Together, hand in hand, with our matches and our necklaces, we shall liberate this country."

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3. She herself said she was no stranger to pain, but it made her strong enough to not fear any longer

"Perhaps if you have been given a moment to hold back and wait for the next blow, your emotions wouldn't be blunted as they have been in my case. When it happens every day of your life, when that pain becomes a way of life, I no longer have the emotion of fear. There is no longer anything I can fear. There is nothing the government has not done to me. There isn't any pain I haven't known. "

4. She stood behind her then-husband Neslon Mandela, and refused to let all his hard work go to waste

"I will not allow the selfless efforts of my husband and his friends to be abandoned. I will continue the struggle for a free and equal South Africa."

5. However, her quotes were not always in favour of the late Madiba. In 2010, a British newspaper printed quotes, which Winnie later denied ever saying, showing she felt he failed his people.

"Mandela let us down. He agreed to a bad deal for the blacks. Economically, we are still on the outside. The economy is very much 'white'. It has a few token blacks, but so many who gave their life in the struggle have died unrewarded."
"Look what they make him do. The great Mandela. He has no control or say any more. They put that huge statue of him right in the middle of the most affluent 'white' area of Johannesburg. Not here, where we spilled our blood and where it all started."
"Yes, I was afraid in the beginning. But then there is only so much they can do to you. After that, it is only death. They can only kill you, and as you see, I am still here."

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