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Winnie Mandela

Long Walk to Freedom

on Mon 13 Jan 2014


As far back as I can remember South Africa has been a feature of my life. I first learnt about the injustices of the Apartheid regime by my passionate primary school teacher when I was just 7.

I was in my late teens when Nelson Mandela was released from prison – around the same time when the wall came down in my home country Germany.

I lived for one year in South Africa in the early 1990s just before the first democratic elections made Nelson Mandela the first black president, during a time when everything was in change.

I'm still mourning last month's death of Nelson Mandela and the loss of