Though Winnie Mandela died, her hate, bloodthirstiness, and corruption are representative of South Africa.
The news that Winnie Mandela died reminded me of a joke I heard Rush Limbaugh tell on the radio.
Did you hear that Nelson and Winnie are getting a divorce? They settled that he gets to keep the car; she only wants the tires.
Winnie was murderous. When she wasn’t murderous she was corrupt. Her behavior was so notorious that even the mainstream media has to begrudgingly admit the truth.
AFP reports, “Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie Mandela dies aged 81.”
In 1986, she was widely linked to “necklacing”, when suspected traitors were burnt alive by a petrol-soaked car tyre being put over their head and set alight.
In 1990 the world watched when Nelson Mandela finally walked out of prison — hand in hand with Winnie.
The following year, she was convicted of kidnapping and assault over the killing of Stompie Moeketsi, a 14-year-old boy.
In 1992, the Mandelas separated, and then divorced in 1996, after a legal wrangle that revealed she had had an affair with a young bodyguard.
It’s great to see this truth in a news story. Wikipedia gives some more details:
In the 1980s, when she was based in Soweto, Madikizela-Mandela endorsed violent behaviour; including necklacing against alleged police informers and collaborators with the National Party government. Her security detail, known as the Mandela United Football Club, carried out a number of these actions, including the kidnapping, torture, and murder of such individuals, most notoriously the teenager Stompie Moeketsi. Nelson Mandela was released from prison on 11 February 1990, and the couple separated in 1992; their divorce was finalised in March 1996. They remained in contact, and she visited him when he was ill in later life. As a senior ANC figure, she took part in the post-apartheid ANC government, although was dismissed from her post amid allegations of corruption. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission established by Mandela’s government to investigate human rights abuses revealed many of her violent activities during the 1980s.
Notice she didn’t spend much time in prison for that murder so she was able to be kicked out of other government jobs for corruption.
Now, South Africa is moving past any pretense of “national reconciliation.”
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