10 South African Biographies You Should Know

7. Winnie Mandela: A Life by Anné Mariè du Preez Bezdrob

This biography is an in-depth and intimate look at Winnie Mandela’s personal and political life, and takes the reader on a remarkable journey of understanding.

The book traces her development from talented and privileged child to dedicated social worker, caring wife and mother, and fiery political activist. It examines her campaign to keep the name of her jailed husband alive, and explores her own harassment, imprisonment and isolation at the hands of the security police.

The book investigates the events that have made her such a controversial figure – the allegations of kidnapping and murder, her divorce from Mandela, and the current fraud charges.