Tag: solitary confinement
For nearly two years Sibongile Mkhabela had nothing but a concrete wall as a sounding board. A student leader in 1976, she was detained at the notorious John Vorster Square. To cope, she willed herself to forget. But in By The Apricot Tree, her daughter, playwright Ntsako Mkhabela, unpacks her life and her memories.
Mandela was married three times, and had four daughters, one of whom died in infancy. All his wives have radiated a special warmth and power, from the young Evelyn Mase to the fiery Winnie Madikizela to the wise Graça Machel.
From the moment she married Nelson Mandela in 1958, Winnie Madikizela was harassed, detained and tortured. She survived an astounding 491 days in solitary confinement, and turned her banishment to Brandfort into a triumph, before defiantly returning to Soweto.
• The women in Madiba's life