author recalls incredible Winnie Mandela meeting
Burnham-On-Sea author who interviewed Winne Mandela - who has died
this week - has
recalled what a special person she was.
Mandela, wife of the late South African anti-apartheid revolutionary
and political leader Nelson Mendela passed away aged 81 on Monday.
met Burnham-On-Sea author Michael Turner in 1990, as pictured above,
while he was travelling in the country.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I met her at her home in Soweto,
South Africa on 24 February 1990. I recorded a 12 minute interview
with her that is clearly preserved on CD. She spoke about the support
she gave to her husband."
Mandela was jovial and frequently laughing. She allowed me to interview
her for my school classes since we used to teach about apartheid."
interview lasted 12 minutes. Winnie was in no hurry. To learn more
about the national situation, I had formulated questions by interviewing
black and white people during a week of hitch-hiking along the Garden
gave me her vision for the future of South Africa. She agreed with
my staged ideas of hand over of political power through a ratio
allocation of seats."
spoke about her marriage and years of separation of how she also
lived in a big prison."
listed the prisons in which Nelson had resided. The Mandela London
concert was not screened in SA but she received video excepts on
VHS from friends in England."
support she gave to her husband. Winnie Mandela stated why and how
Nelson was so eloquent. She said Nelson put the country before himself."
gave her address for English children to write to her. Winnie Mandela
was humorous, very confident, eloquent and enthusiastically cooperated.
She showed me a congratulatory telegram from Mikhail Gorbachev."