South African women dressed in black with headscarves to honor Winnie Mandela’s legacy — Quartz


Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was a complex woman, and the obituaries and tributes issued in South Africa after her death at 81 have struggled to find balance in recalling her life.

“Flawed” is how many obituaries have described her. Some zeroed in on her missteps rather than her contributions as a leader of South Africa’s struggle against apartheid. Others reduced her to Nelson Mandela’s adulterous ex-wife.

Thousands of South African women wore black and wrapped their hair in a scarf or donned a beret on Friday (Apr. 6) , mimicking Madikizela-Mandela’s style. With the message “She is not dead, she has multiplied,” the aim was to counter the unflattering stories that have been told since her death.

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