Winnie Mandela was a matriarch and a demi-god, says Sirshin Moodliar

Winnie Mandela was a matriarch and a demi-god, says Sirshin Moodliar

In an interview with BBC Radio London, Sirshin tells of how the stalwart sacrificed her life so that we could experience a democracy in South Africa.

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Sirshin shares his thoughts on Winnie Mandela with the Afternoon Drive Host at BBC Radio London, Eddie Nestor. Listen to the podcast, then read below:

At age 81, Winnie Mandela painted an impressionable picture on the canvas of humankind. The indelible Winnie turned revolution on its head when she decided to become an instrument for change in the way society saw her and her fellow black South Africans. 

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Indeed a mammoth task, she could’ve easily sat back on the periphery and let history take its course. To not be criticised would be unheard of, especially during the days of Winnie's peak participation in the struggle. Many had called for Winnie to ‘come clean’ on some injustices - even some of her very own. It’s quite rich to point fingers in a direction that played a part in the lead up to post-apartheid South Africa and one must be careful in how it’s handled.

The truth of the matter is that sacrifices were made on all fronts. Some so tough and difficult they would never be re-enacted ever again, even by the noblest among us. Even in a democracy like ours, Winnie inspired us normal South Africans to stand up and question the status quo when things didn't add up.

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This is how I remember Winnie Mandela. This is how I wish the world remembers her too.

Rest in Peace, Ma Winnie. 

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