As the world mourns one of South Africa’s freedom fighters, Winnie Mandela, highlights some of her thought-provoking quotes that she would be remembered for.
Below are the quotes:
1. “To those who oppose us, we say, ‘Strike the woman, and you strike the rock’.” – 1966
2. “Together, hand in hand, with our matches and our necklaces, we shall liberate this country.” – 1986
3. “I am the product of the masses of my country and the product of my enemy.” – 1996
Winnie Mandela passed away on Monday, April 2. (Photo credit: IOL)
4. “I will not allow the selfless efforts of my husband and his friends to be abandoned. I will continue the struggle for a free and equal South Africa.” – 1962
5. “They think because they have put my husband on an island that he will be forgotten. They are wrong. The harder they try to silence him, the louder I will become!” – 1962
6. “There is no longer anything I can fear. There is nothing the government has not done to me. There isn’t any pain I haven’t known.” – 1987
Winnie Mandela with her ex-husband, Nelson Mandela, and others. (Photo credit: Los Angeles Times)
7. “All what we fought for is not what is going on right now. It is a tragedy that he lived and saw what was happening, we cannot pretend like South Africa is not in crisis, our country is in crisis and anyone who cannot see that is just bluffing themselves.” – 2017
8. “It is only when all black groups, join hands and speak with one voice that we shall be a bargaining force which will decide its own destiny.” – 1976
9. “If you are to free yourselves you must break the chains of oppression yourselves. Only then can we express our dignity, only when we have liberated ourselves can we co-operate with other groups. Any acceptance of humiliation, indignity or insult is acceptance of inferiority.” – 1976
Winnie was born in Bizana, Eastern Cape, in 1939 and moved to Johannesburg after she matriculated to study social work.
It was there that she met the enigmatic lawyer and anti-apartheid activist, Nelson Mandela, in 1957. A year later they were married and they had two children together.