Winnie & Nelson’s bond in pictures
Bound by sacrifice, suffering, loss and love, Winnie and Nelson faced challenges no couple should have to endure
THEIR love captivated the world and inspired millions across SA. It was passionate, driven by their desire to change our country, and blazed bright from the first time he laid eyes on her at a bus stop in Soweto. But Nelson and Winnie Mandela, who wed in 1958, spent only a handful of years together before he was sentenced to life imprisonment. She knew what she’d signed up for. “I was forced to mature on my own,” she wrote to him in prison.
“Your formidable shadow which eclipsed me left me naked and exposed to the bitter world of a young political widow. I knew this was a crown of thorns for me but I also knew I said ‘I do’ for better or for worse. In marrying you I was marrying the struggle of my people.”
TENDER TIMES Their marriage was strained by the struggle, but they enjoyed lighter moments after his release from prison. She later admitted to a UK journalist she was angry with him. “My disappointment and anger boiled up when I saw him making those...