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Subjectivities of Violence and the Dilemmas of Transitional Governance

Peyi Soyinka-Airewele


With that decree from the South African Ministry of Justice, Winnie Mandela was banished in 1977 to remote Brandfort, in a continuation of the legalized violence that had earlier flung her, pregnant with a threatened miscarriage of daughter Zindzi, to the prisons of apartheid South Africa. In the secretly filmed 1984 documentary, South Africa Belongs to Us, and in her autobiography, Part of My Soul Went With Him, which was compiled from a series of personal interviews, the much younger Winnie speaking from that isolated outpost reflected on the transformative impact of state violence on her personal and political identity.

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West Africa Review. ISSN: 1525-4488 (online).
Editors: Adeleke Adeeko, Nkiru Nzegwu, and Olufemi Taiwo.

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