South Africa: Non-Persons

Suppression by banning

For most of the past 20 years, Winnie Mandela has lived in a uniquely South African limbo. She is "banned," an exile within her own country. The wife of Nelson Mandela, imprisoned leader of the African National Congress, the black 47-year-old former social worker is considered to be a threat to public order and white supremacy. Since 1962 she has enjoyed real freedom for a total of only eleven months, and she is now beginning another five-year term as a banned person. Thus she, along with 114 other black and white opponents of apartheid, remains an outcast, a...

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