On this day, in 1977, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was banished to the dusty Afrikaner dominated town of Brandfort in the Free State where she was dumped at house 802.
The house was in a poor condition with no running water or electricity and there were nofloors or ceilings. The people in the are spoke mainly Sotho, Tswana or Afrikaans. Winnie was not to be deterred, however, she would spend hours in the white-owned shops empowering the shop-keepers with political ideologies.
Her life in Brandfort was lonely. Her youngest daughter was sent away to study, whilst her oldest daughter had married a Swazi Prince and moved to America.
Helen Suzman wrote of her isolation, telling the story of how Winnie waited outside the local telephone booth between 10 am and 4 pm waiting for calls from loved ones. However, when friends did visit her, they were often harassed and imprisoned for not notifying authorities of their visits.
As part of her banishment order, Winnie was given the option of leaving South Africa. She chose to remain in the country and continued fighting for the liberation of her people.
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