Controversy swirled anew around Winnie Mandela on Saturday after 11 members of her African National Congress Women’s League resigned to protest an undemocratic leadership.
The women insisted their dispute was not a personal one against the estranged wife of South African President Nelson Mandela, but their list of complaints clearly pointed in her direction.
The resignations were a new blow to the ANC, recently shaken by allegations that one of its most prominent members, Allan Boesak, misused charitable funds.
And it’s the latest in a string of controversies involving Mrs. Mandela, who was convicted of kidnapping in 1991 and separated from her husband in 1992 after allegations of an extramarital affair.
Mrs. Mandela caused another stir Thursday by criticizing the Rolling Stones for using a white promoter for their concerts in South Africa later this month.
Mrs. Mandela, deputy arts minister in her husband’s government, made those comments to reporters after announcing a joint tourism venture between actor Omar Sharif and the Women’s League.