This historic day: Nelson Mandela announces separation from Winnie

This historic day: Nelson Mandela announces separation from Winnie

- On this day 28 years ago, Nelson Mandela dropped a bombshell on South Africans

- Madiba announced that he and his wife, Winnie, had decided to separate

- The decision came only two years after the former president was released from prison

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On 13 April, 1992, Nelson Mandela announced that he and his wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, had decided to split.

News of the separation came only two years after the late former South African president was released from jail.

The duo tied the knot in 1958 - a year after they met for the first time. Mandela and Winnie share two daughters, Zenani, who was born in 1959, and Zindzi, who the mother of the nation gave birth to in 1960.

In 1962, Mandela was taken into custody and sentenced to life imprisonment on Robben Island.

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South African History Online reported Mandela was in jail for 28 years before his release in 1990. Madiba and his wife were reunited after his release.

However, their marriage did not survive and in 1992, Mandela announced they had separated. Briefly.co.za gathered Ma Winnie never remarried, however, Mandela tied the knot to Graca Machel in 1998.

Machel was also the former first lady of Mozambique. Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported earlier on another historic event on this day.

On this day, 13 April 24 years ago in 1996, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that he would leave Parliament. He was the secretary-general of the African National Conference (ANC) at the time.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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