Winnie turned motherhood on its head - Gail Smith

Fondly known as the mother of the nation, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela defied expectations that she would be a good wife and made people question the notion of family says feminist writer Gail Smith.

Madikizela-Mandela died on Easter Monday at the Millpark Hospital after a long illness at the age of 81.

There has been an outpouring of tributes from across the world, with some celebrating her role as a feminist in South Africa's liberation movement.

Smith joined Karima Brown in studio to discuss this along with poet and performer Lebogang Mashile.

What Winnie really did was she turned motherhood on its head, she took a very typically stereotyped nurturing role and she turned it into a revolutionary role.

Gail Smith, feminist writer

There were very few mothers who wore fatigues and carried coffins with their fists held up in the air. She really forced us think differently about the family because there was no head, there was only the neck.

Gail Smith, feminist writer

Mashile says she was an example of what African womenhood is.

Click on the link below to listen to the full discussion....


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