n Journal of Public Administration - The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela, Sisonke Msimang - book review

Volume 53 Number 4
  • ISSN : 0036-0767


Winnie Mandela's death came at a time when winds of change are blowing through the country, directed by the radically unapologetic and unconventional generation of young Black activists who are grounded in progressive discourses anchored on a pillar of intersectionality. It is these young radicals who, identifying as intersectional feminists, have sought to re-claim the memory of Winnie, to rescue it, once and for all, from the draconian clutches of a heteronormative society that has sought to systematically erase her from the books of history, to place her neatly in the shadow of men who, in comparison to her indomitable spirit, are best described as mediocre. After all, when Umkhonto weSizwe (MK), the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC), of which Winnie was a clandestine member, was largely ineffective as a fighting force.

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