South Africa Breaking Rules

A retreat and a challenge

Children danced triumphantly at the door of the small red brick house in Soweto, the sprawling black township outside Johannesburg. Neighbors and friends greeted its famous resident with joyous tears and welcoming hugs. For the first time in nine years, Winnie Mandela, a leading antiapartheid activist and the wife of jailed Black Leader Nelson Mandela, enjoyed a privilege that most take for granted: the right to enter her own home.

Since 1962 Mandela has lived under various banning orders restricting her activities. In 1977 she was banished from her Soweto house to Brandfort, in a remote area of the Orange Free...

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