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About Nelson and Winnie Mandela

Nelson Mandela is the outgoing president of the Republic of South Africa. Winnie Mandela is his former and recently divorced wife. They first met during childhood near Nelson's tiny village in the Xhosa region of southeastern South Africa. Winnie was instrumental in supporting Nelson's struggle against the policy of Apartheid but then later fell out with him and the African National Party. She was accused of the murder of a young activist, for which she was not found guilty but then later admitted some involvement at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings in late 1997(see below). Nelson recently remarried.

Also see our pages on Robben Island Prison, which was home to current South African president Nelson Mandela and many others incarcerated as political and common criminal prisoners during the last 3 decades.

Also, visit our pages on Soweto contain images of the former home of Nelson Mandela and Winnie Mandela's current compound.

Bruce Damer

  Recent News about Nelson and
Winnie Mandela (in November 1997)

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Nelson Mandela meets with former jailer and
Robben Island Commandant, Colonel Prinsloo
(Courtesy of the Cape TImes)

Common prisoners ward at Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for almost 20 years

Click Here for a tour of Robben Island Prison

Winnie finally admits involvement in the murder of the young activist Stompie
(Cape Times coverage of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission)

I am sorry..

Bishop Desmond Tutu presiding over the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings

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