Just In Case You Hadn’t Heard: ‘Winnie Mandela’ Died April 2, 2018 (Aged 81).
I will readily confess that I am conflicted when it comes to Winnie.
There was a long period of my life, pre-1991, where I just absolutely ADORED her. I thought she was the cat’s whiskers. She did so much to fight apartheid, help the oppressed and help her imprisoned husband. She did a lot of good.
Then, yes, there was also the BAD and I never forgave her for divorcing Nelson — or how she initially fought to get a huge monetary settlement for him. But, from what I can piece together, Nelson continued to think of her kindly. But, he was an extraordinary man.
She is now dead. What we have to balance is whether she did more good than bad.
While I am not going to suddenly forgive her for her betrayals, I am willing to conceded that there was a 30-year period during which she was the “First Lady of Anti-Apartheid“, and I, for obvious reasons, was always passionately against apartheid and a HUGE fan of Nelson Mandela.