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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: Anti-apartheid campaigner dies at 81
She and her former husband Nelson Mandela, who were both jailed, were a symbol of the country's anti-apartheid struggle for three decades.
However, in later years her reputation became tainted legally and politically.
Crowds of mourners and political figures flocked to her home in Soweto, in Johannesburg, after news of her death broke.
She was a trained social worker when she met her future husband in the 1950s. They went on to have two daughters together.
They were married for a total of 38 years, although for almost three decades of that time they were separated due to Mr Mandela's long imprisonment.
Why was she controversial?
However, Mrs Madikizela-Mandela found herself mired in scandal for decades. She was accused of conducting a virtual reign of terror in parts of Soweto by other members of the ANC in the late 1980s, and heard backing the practice of "necklacing" - putting burning tyres around suspected informants' necks.
originally posted by: TonyS
a reply to: Lagomorphe
You just wrote up a lengthy total bash of the woman who's doubtless a hero in SA (and Detroit), and you call US opinions biased? My guess is the prevelant US opinion on her is total indifference.