Family Nelson Mandela’s first wife was Evelyn Ntoko Mase, she, like Mandela, was born in the later formed ‘Transkei’ area. They were together for 13 years, but she couldn’t handle his political career and his dream of Africa, as she was a ‘Jehovah’s witness’. They had two sons and two daughters, but both sons died at an early age.
- Mandela’s second wife was Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. She, like his first wife, was from the ‘Transkei’ area, she was Johannesburg’s first social worker. They had two daughters, still alive today. They divorce in 1996 due to Politics. His daughters are
- Mandela married his last wife Graça Machel in 1998 on his 80th birthday she was the widow of former Mozambican president Samora Machel who had died 12 years prior in an air crash. They are still married today.
- In his three marriages Nelson Mandela has had six children (4 to the first and 2 to the second) he has twenty grandchildren and more great grandchildren on the way. Zindzi, one of his children made history when in 1985 she read out his testimony refusing political pardon.