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.–