Winnie Mandela- member of the South African Parliament Winnie Mandela spent her life in varying governmental roles.Born in Bizana, South Africa, in 1936, Winnie Mandela embarked on a career of social work that led to her involvement in activism. She married African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela in 1958, though he was imprisoned for much of their four decades of marriage. Winnie Mandela became president of the ANC Women’s League in 1993, and the following year she was elected to Parliament. Winnie Mandela is widely revered for her role in ending South Africa’s oppressive policies. Her story has been the subject of an opera, books and films, her character interpreted by many different actresses across numerous productions.