Poppy Matima describes how Mam' Winnie faced soldiers with AK-47s in June 1976

Poppy Matima reflects on her memories of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela now that the struggle icon has died.

She describes how Mam' Winnie faced soldiers with AK-47s in June 1976.

Matima says she was leaving her aunt's house in Orlando West: Near Dube hostel and Makhetha petrol garage, Mam-Winnie was alone surrounded by a group of soldiers from 4 South African army Hippo armoured vehicles and an army truck.

She was covered in blood, and the kids were all writhing on the ground. It was a very scary situation.

Poppy Matima

Mam' Winnie had blood on her clothes because the six children had been shot by police and she had picked them up and taken them to hospital in her car.

Even when she was out of the country in exile, she always recounted this story and it showed that no matter how much Madikizela-Mandela's memory was tainted, 'Winnie was human and she loved her people.'

The police were calling her a whore and all sorts of names, and that she was going to be shot, and she was not scared.

Poppy Matima

Listen to her story:


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