Zindzi Mandela is the youngest daughter of Nelson and Winnie Mandela. She has long been involved in South Africa’s freedom struggle and is currently serving as South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark. In this frank interview with journalist and former BBC South Africa correspondent Allan Little, filmed live at the 2018 Edinburgh International Book Festival, she discusses growing up in the shadow of such a great man and the impact it has had on her own life and that of her children and grandchildren.
FAMILY STATEMENT ON CTIA RENAMING INTO WINNIE MADIKIZELA MANDELA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
06 June 2018
We the family of Mama Winnie Nomzamo Madikizela-Mandela fully supports the renaming of Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) into Winnie Madikizela Mandela International Airport. We the biological children, Grand children and great grandchildren of Mama Winnie Madikizela Mandela believe that she deserves the honour from the people of South Africa, most of whom got to appreciate her contribution in the fight against apartheid immediately after she passed away in April 2018.
Primarily, Mama Nomzamo Winnie Madikizela Mandela fought for Freedom and during the repressive years of apartheid, she recurrently used CTIA whilst visiting former President Nelson Mandela. The Airport because one of the most important symbols of the connection of struggles of ordinary people in the ground and the exiled political leadership.
Of significance is that one of the turning points in South Africa’s struggle for all inclusive participatory democracy was when Mama Nomzamo Winnie Madikizela Mandela confronted apartheid Minister of Justice Koebie Coetzee in a plane destined for CTIA. It was primarily a trip to CTIA that kickstarted the negotiations to end apartheid and the centre of that was Mama Nomzamo Winnie Madikizela Mandela.
When we addressed the official funeral of our Mother, Mama Nomzamo Winnie Madikizela Mandela we highlighted the fact that she was vilified for most part of her life mostly because she is a woman, whilst her male counterparts were praised despite their difficult past. It our firm believe that the South African story of freedom and liberation should not be reduced into a story of males only. Women played an important role in the political liberation of South Africa, and our Mother, Grand Mother is a representation of South African women’s struggle against apartheid.
We therefore submit emphatically that the greatest honour to give to Mama Nomzamo Winnie Madikizela Mandela would be to rename Cape Town International Airport after her and all women who fought against apartheid. We know that she personally never sought personal glorification, yet renaming an airport of CTIA’s stature will be a great inspiration to many generations of female freedom fighters here in South Africa and abroad.
ISSUED BY THE FAMILY OF MAMA NOMZAMO WINNIE MADIKIZELA MANDELA
Several struggle veterans have descended on Cape Town shores’ for the birthday bash of stalwart, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. On the 26th of this month, Madikizela Mandela will turn 80. But there’s an early celebration this evening at the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town.
MEDIA STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday 28 APRIL 2016
Winnie Madikizela Mandela Receives Order of Luthuli Award
Winifred “Winnie” Madikizela-Mandela was honoured as a recipient of the Silver Order of Luthuli for her role in the struggle against apartheid at the 2016 National Orders Awards ceremony in Pretoria on Thursday, 28th April 2016. Her grandchildren, Zondwa Mandela & Zoleka Mandela received the award on her behalf.
“My grandmother’s recent hospitalization was tense for her, our family and her supporters. Mama is well on her way to a full recovery at home. She accepts this award and shares it with everyone who strives for justice and freedom,” said Zondwa Mandela
The Order of Luthuli recognises South African citizens who have contributed to the struggle for democracy, nation-building, building democracy and human rights, justice and peace as well as for the resolution of conflict.
The awards are bestowed by President Jacob Zuma on distinguished local citizens and eminent foreign nationals who have played a momentous role towards building a free democratic South Africa and who also have made a significant impact on improving the lives of South Africans in various ways.
Address by President Jacob Zuma at the 2016 National Orders Awards Ceremony, Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House, Pretoria
Media Release: The Nelson Mandela Foundation congratulates Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
Date: 28 April 2016
From: Nelson Mandela Foundation
The Nelson Mandela Foundation conveys its hearty congratulations to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on the occasion of her being awarded a National Order by the President of South Africa.
“Mrs Madikizela-Mandela dedicated her life to the liberation struggle in South Africa and suffered greatly for it,” said Sello Hatang, Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. He congratulated her on behalf of Professor Njabulo Ndebele, the Chairperson of the NMF, its Trustees and Staff.
As she is recuperating from back surgery at her home after her discharge on Tuesday from a Johannesburg Hospital, Mrs Madikizela-Mandela was unable to personally receive the Order of Luthuli. She was represented by her granddaughter, Zoleka.
Hatang added his congratulations to veteran freedom fighter Mac Maharaj who was also honoured among South African anti-apartheid activists, scientists and artists.
“It is important that we also acknowledge those from other countries who were given National Orders for their anti-apartheid work,” Hatang said, “We urge them to continue their assistance as our young country navigates its struggles ahead.”
Issued by Neeran Naidoo, Director of Communications of the Nelson Mandela Foundation – 0829940349
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MEDIA STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SUNDAY 26 APRIL 2016
Mandela Family Thanks the South African public for their support.
The leadership of Mandela Legacy have confirmed that Mama Winnie Mandela is in high spirits and she has been discharged from a Johannesburg hospital after undergoing surgery on her back. “We note with deep gratitude the outpouring of support our grandmother has received from the South African public and want to assure everyone that she is well on her way to a full recovery… she is happy to be home,” said Zondwa Mandela.
On behalf of the family, we wish to thank the public and the media for honouring our plea for privacy at this time. We appreciate every thought and have received messages of well wishes and encouragement from far and wide via social media, email, etc… ”, Mandela added.
Winifred “Winnie” Madikizela-Mandela is among several people to be honoured for their role in the struggle against apartheid at the 2016 National Orders Awards ceremony in Pretoria on Thursday, 28th April 2016. The awards will be bestowed by President Jacob Zuma on “distinguished local citizens and eminent foreign nationals who have played a momentous role towards building a free democratic South Africa and who also have made a significant impact on improving the lives of South Africans in various ways.
Winifred “Winnie” Madikizela-Mandela is among several people to be honoured for their role in the struggle against apartheid at the 2016 National Orders Awards ceremony in Pretoria on Thursday.
The awards will be bestowed by President Jacob Zuma on “distinguished local citizens and eminent foreign nationals who have played a momentous role towards building a free democratic South Africa and who also have made a significant impact on improving the lives of South Africans in various ways”.
Madikizela-Mandela‚ the former wife of the late struggle icon Nelson Mandela‚ will be awarded the he Order of Luthuli in silver for her “excellent contribution to the fight for the liberation of the people of South Africa”.
“She bravely withstood constant harassment by the apartheid police and challenged their brutality at every turn. She became a symbol of the anti-apartheid struggle and of the bravery and determination of the oppressed to gain their freedom‚ against all odds‚” the award citation reads.
Receiving the same honour will be Sathyandranath Ragunanan “Mac” Maharaj‚ a former transport minister who recently retired as official spokesman for Zuma.
Other well-known personalities who will be honoured at the ceremony include Afrikaans singer Laurika Rauch‚ who will receive the Order of Ikhamanga in bronze‚ which recognises South African citizens who have excelled in the fields of arts‚ culture‚ literature‚ music‚ journalism and sport.
The award is being bestowed on her for her “outstanding contribution in the field of music and raising awareness on political injustices through music.”
“She bravely deployed her artistic talents to highlight the injustices and tyranny of the apartheid rule‚” the citation reads.
Professor Helen Rees‚ who was recently awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE)‚ will receive the Order of Boabab in silver for her contribution in the field of medical science and research which‚ the citation states‚ has given hope to communities affected by the scourge of HIV and AIDS.
Also among those to be honoured on Thursday is Chile’s president‚ Michelle Bachelet Jeria (Chile) who will have the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo bestowed on her. The award recognises eminent foreign nationals for friendship shown to South Africa.
According to the Presidency‚ the award is being bestowed on her for her “exceptional contribution to the fight for democracy at the global stage”.
“She was imbued with a deep sense of justice and the courage of her convictions‚ which drove her from Chile to exile.”
Statement on Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s health
Date: 18 April 2016
Issued by Neeran Naidoo, Director of Communications of the Nelson Mandela Foundation at the request of the Mandela family
Mrs. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is recovering in hospital in Johannesburg after back surgery for spinal stenosis.
Her first surgery, for compression of the spinal nerve and pain relief took place on 8 March. It was followed by a second procedure on 14 April to assist with her recovery.
The family wishes to express its appreciation of the support they have received. They are grateful for the continuing respect for their privacy.
Issued by Neeran Naidoo, Director of Communications of the Nelson Mandela Foundation at the request of the Mandela family.
Notes to editor:
1. Please note that the Foundation is assisting the family on this issue only and does not generally represent the family.
- Updates will be provided whenever necessary.