What might have been?

Jonny Steinberg, author of a new book about South Africa's most famous couple, writes about Winnie Mandela's rise from obscurity to international fame

21 May 2023 - 00:00

In the early 1970s, when Winnie Mandela was banned, few people outside South Africa had heard of her. Those who followed the country’s politics assiduously would have remembered her as the wife of the Rivonia trialist who once made a famous speech; and if they were watching the South African scene especially closely, they would have recalled Winnie’s own detention and trial in 1969 and 1970. ..

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