Part of My Soul Went with Him
Winnie Mandela, one of South Africa’s most visible and articulate apartheid foes, spent many years as a “banned” person in her own country. She lived under virtual house arrest and was forbidden to address public gatherings or meet with more than one person at a time.
She endured a forced separation of 27 years from her husband, Nelson Mandela. Here, in interviews & letters, she tells the story of her life & political development.
Winnie Mandela is a woman who always had a packed suitcase at the ready, a woman who knew that she would eventually be locked away. A woman who marched ahead as an example for her peers, desegregating shops by “simply” walking into them. Her resilience and fearlessness empowered others.
The humiliations suffered by Winnie Mandela in public and private were more than most people could tolerate without mentally and physically cracking. Barbaric prison conditions; poor housing, especially during her banishment to Brandfort; separation from her daughters. The inability to touch her husband for 25 years of his incarceration on Robben Island. It was hell. More than anything, it was about her ability to endure.