Strug­gle vet­eran? Me? Win­nie mirac­u­lously sheds years

Sunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - Staff Re­porter

TERRY Pheto, you’ve got se­ri­ous com­pe­ti­tion!

The 35-year-old bomb­shell ac­tress was the spit­ting im­age of the young Win­nie Madik­izela-Man­dela in June on the Jo­han­nes­burg set of a minis­eries about the life of Nel­son Man­dela.

Madiba is due to air next year, with Pheto play­ing the part of the beau­ti­ful woman who stopped Man­dela in his tracks at a Soweto bus stop all those years ago.

Man­dela is played by Lau­rence Fish­burne.

And Mama Win­nie proved this week that at 80 she’s still got it, spark­ing a frenzy on so­cial me­dia af­ter show­ing off flaw­less, ra­di­ant skin at a party with fam­ily and friends in Cape Town.

Ra­dio per­son­al­ity Gareth Cliff said on Twit­ter: “I can’t be the only one who thinks Win­nie Man­dela is the best look­ing 80-year-old in the world.”

Pub­lic re­la­tions ex­pert Vic­tor Dlamini said: “Sub­ur­ban res­i­dents will be call­ing their doc­tors this morn­ing [ask­ing], ‘What is Win­nie Man­dela tak­ing?’ ”

Oth­ers weren’t as con­vinced, sug­gest­ing the former first lady’s looks were due to cos­metic in­ter­ven­tion.

On Twit­ter, An­tiek­li­maks said “Win­nie Man­dela def­i­nitely had some good plas­tic surgery,” while @rin­mor tweeted: “Bo­tox and plas­tic surgery — sim­ple.”

Guests at the birth­day cel­e­bra­tions in­cluded Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa and Cape Town mayor Pa­tri­cia de Lille. Madik­izela-Man­dela turns 80 on Septem­ber 26.

Pheto is the sev­enth ac­tress to por­tray Madik­izela-Man­dela on screen. Naomie Har­ris ap­peared in Long

Walk to Free­dom (2013) op­po­site Idris Elba; Jen­nifer Hud­son took the role in Dar­rell Roodt’s 2011 film,

Win­nie Man­dela; So­phie Okonedo played Win­nie for the 2010 made­for-tele­vi­sion movie Mrs Man­dela; Faith Nduk­wana starred in Good­bye

Bafana (2007), about Man­dela’s re­la­tion­ship with his prison guard; Tina Lif­ford fea­tured in the 1997 film Man­dela & De Klerk; and Al­fre Woodard was Win­nie in Man­dela (1987), along­side Danny Glover as Man­dela and John Mat­shik­iza as Wal­ter Sisulu.

FOR­EVER YOUNG: Win­nie Madik­izela-Man­dela through the years. The pic­ture far right shows how she looked at her birth­day party this week 2016

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