Political Desk: 'Winnie was a leader in her own right' - Lebogang Pheko

Tributes continue to pour in for fallen struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Known affectionately as the 'Mother of the Nation', she passed away on Monday April 2 at Milpark hospital in Johannesburg.

Speaking to Bongani Bingwa on the Political Desk, Senior research fellow and political economist at Trade Collective Lebogang Pheko says Madikizela-Mandela lived a life full of accomplishment and admits she was a complex character.

People can be all sorts of things at all sorts of moments and often the best and worst of us happens concurrently. The attempts to then force us into a binary of a person, being either virtuous or or completely sinful, is neither true.

Lebogang Pheko, Senior Research Fellow and Political Economist at Trade Collective

We need to remember that she lived in difficult times and that the level of violence and the level of violation were extremely high. The worst we can do to her is to force her into a box in her death because she was a woman who transgressed.

Lebogang Pheko, Senior Research Fellow and Political Economist at Trade Collective

Pheko says Madikizela-Mandela was no partisan and refused to submit to colonial rule and oppression.

She says Mama Winnie was a leader in her own right.

I knew of him [Mandela] because of her [Winnie].

Lebogang Pheko, Senior Research Fellow and Political Economist at Trade Collective

Pheko on why we must not focus on one aspect of Madikizela-Mandela's life:


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