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Due to financial constraints, Winnie’s sister, Nancy, to whom Winnie was close, dropped out of school and worked casual jobs to ensure that Winnie’s education could continue.[vi] When Winnie returned from Shawsbury with a first-class pass, she discovered that her father had remarried.
His new wife was a woman by the name of Hilda Nophikela, whom all of the Midikizela children welcomed into the family fold, especially Winnie.
Portrait of a young Winnie Image source Early Experiences of Apartheid In 1945, when she was only nine years old, Winnie had her first conscious experience of what the strictures and injustices of racism and apartheid meant in South Africa.
News had just arrived in Bizana that the Second World War had ended, and celebrations had been scheduled.
This helped create a closer bond with her father, who was known for his aloofness despite wielding a great love for his children.
[ii] Once, while quarrelling with her younger sister, Princess, Winnie fashioned a knuckleduster out of a nail and a baking powder tin and accidentally struck her sister across the face while aiming for her arm.
When Winnie was still young, two tragic events hit.