Winnie Mandela: I was haunted by their screams

At her book launch struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela said she still carries a lot of guilt for choosing the nation over raising her children.

Madikizela-Mandela said she feels naïve for sacrificing her life for South Africa.

“We have made tremendous strides, but our people are back on streets demonstrating against the democratically elected government,” she said. “Nelson and I chose the country over raising our children and in our old age, we got to witness Marikana – the very thing we fought against.”

Still strikingly beautiful, Madikizela-Mandela nevertheless looked frail at 77. She was speaking at an intimate book launch ahead of Women’s Day in South Africa, in conversation with journalist Victor Dlamini at Constitution Hill, where she was imprisoned several times.

She admitted that she has always been terrified of South Africa slipping back into the state it was in during the apartheid regime.

Her new book is called 491 Days, Prisoner number 1323/69: a diary she wrote while in solitary confinement in 1969 charged under the Terrorism Act.

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