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n South African Journal of Cultural History - Winnie Mandela banishment house in Brandfort (Majwemasweu) - its historical significance : 1977-1985

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Abstract


Die verbanning van Winnie Mandela na die dorpie Brandfort in die Vrystaat in 1977 het die verpolitisering en politieke mobilisasie van die jeug in die gebied tot gevolg gehad. Dit was tydens haar tydperk van ballingskap in huis 808 in Majwemasweu dat haar politieke bedrywighede in die gebied aan die lig gekom het. Hoewel sy 'n balling in die drievertrekhuis was, het dit 'n belangrike politieke toevlugsoord vir die jeug van Majwemasweu geword en vir diegene wat buite die gebied gebly het. Regeringsen nie-regeringsorganisasies het onlangs laat blyk dat hulle daarin belangstel om die huis te bewaar en later as 'n nasionale monument te laat verklaar. Die artikel bespreek pogings om dit te doen.

The banishment of Winnie Mandela to the small town of Brandfort in the Free State in May 1977 brought about the politicization and political mobilization of the youth in the area. It was during her banishment period in house 808 in Majwemasweu that her political activities were exhibited. Although she was banished into this three-roomed house, the house became an important political haven for the youth of Majwemasweu and also for those who resided outside the area. Recently there has been public interest from both the government and non-governmental organizations to have the house restored and to have it declared as a national monument later on. The article discusses attempts in trying to do so.

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