MAM’WIN­NIE RES­UR­RECTED

Destiny - - Leisure Guide -

When the Mother of the Na­tion died sud­denly on 2 April this year, the world mourned. Her im­mea­sur­able con­tri­bu­tion to the Strug­gle was re­mem­bered, as was her tu­mul­tuous per­sonal life – which re­mains in dis­pute to this day.

Sisonke Msi­mang, an ac­claimed author cur­rently based in Aus­tralia, has re­flected ex­ten­sively on the life and times of Win­nie Madik­izela-Man­dela and has writ­ten The Res­ur­rec­tion of Win­nie Man­dela in an at­tempt to ex­cul­pate the wrong­do­ings of the late icon by con­tex­tu­al­is­ing them within the greater evil of the apartheid regime and the harm it did to her per­son­ally and ide­o­log­i­cally at the time.

“Msi­mang stood on the side of a younger gen­er­a­tion, par­tic­u­larly black women, who sought to re­claim Ma Win­nie's iden­tity as an ex­tra­or­di­nary woman and fierce po­lit­i­cal activist,” says Nkanyezi Tsha­bal­ala, Pub­lic­ity Man­ager for Msi­mang and Jonathan Ball, which pub­lished the book.

Msi­mang's me­moir, Always An­other Coun­try (also pub­lished by Jonathan Ball), was short­listed for the Sun­day Times Alan Paton Award for 2018.

The Res­ur­rec­tion of Win­nie Man­dela (R150) will be re­leased on 24 Oc­to­ber 2018.–

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