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491 Days: Prisoner Number 1323/69 (Modern African Writing)


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On a freezing winters night, a few hours before dawn on May 12, 1969, South African security police stormed the Soweto home of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, activist and wife of the imprisoned Nelson Mandela, and arrested her in the presence of her two young daughters, then aged nine and ten.

Rounded up in a group of other antiapartheid activists under Section 6 of the Terrorism Act, designed for the security police to hold and interrogate people for as long as they wanted, she was taken away. She had no idea where they were taking her or what would happen to her children. For Winnie Mandela, this was the start of 491 days of detention and two trials.

Forty-one years after Winnie Mandelas release on September 14, 1970, Greta Soggot, the widow of one of the defense attorneys from the 1969?–70 trials, handed her a stack of papers that included a journal and notes she had written while in detention, most of the time in solitary confinement. Their reappearance brought back to Winnie vivid and horrifying memories and uncovered for the rest of us a unique and personal slice of South Africas history.

491 Days: Prisoner number 1323/69 shares with the world Winnie Mandelas moving and compelling journal along with some of the letters written between several affected parties at the time, including Winnie and Nelson Mandela, himself then a prisoner on Robben Island for nearly seven years. Readers will gain insight into the brutality she experienced and her depths of despair, as well as her resilience and defiance under extreme pressure. This young wife and mother emerged after 491 days in detention unbowed and determined to continue the struggle for freedom.

About the Author

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela lives in Orlando West, Soweto, South Africa, where she continues her activism and political service, currently on the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress.

Table of Contents

• Foreword by Ahmed Kathrada

• Introduction

Part One: Journal

• Chapter 1: Arrest

• Chapter 2: Detention

• Chapter 3: Acquittal and Re-detention

• Chapter 4: State of Mind

• Chapter 5: The Decision

• Chapter 6: Health

• Chapter 7: Interrogation

• Chapter 8: Interrogation and Other Issues

• Chapter 9: Attitude of the Interrogators

• Chapter 10: May Diary

• Chapter 11: June Diary

• Chapter 12: July Diary

• Chapter 13: My Husband

• Chapter 14: New Trial

Part Two: Letters

• Background

• Epilogue by Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

• Twenty Years in the Life of Winnie Mandela

• Sixteen Months in the Life of Winnie Mandela:

12 May 1969 to 14 September 1970

• Acknowledgements

Product Details

Madikizela-mandela, Winnie
Ohio University Press
Mandela, Winnie
Madikizela-Mandela, Winnie
Kathrada, Ahmed
Edition Description:
Modern African Writing Series
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9.25 x 6 in

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