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Winnie Mandela Is Deep In Debt and Will Have To Sell Personal Items

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Winnie MandelaBy: Britt L

According to court documents, a South African magistrate has ordered Winnie Madikizela-Mandela to auction off a number of her personal belongings to pay off a hefty amount of debt.

Many household goods including sculptures, paintings and a silver tea set that once belonged to Winnie will go up for auction to cover a debt she owes to an upmarket Johannesburg private school, says an order released by Soweto sheriffs.

The once revered anti-apartheid campaigner and ex-wife of Nelson Mandela, has decided that 50 paintings, sculptures, a dining table set and a “room with books” will be auctioned in the sale.

A Sowetan newspaper reported Winnie owes Johannesburg school around 4,300,350 euros ($5.9M dollars) in accommodation fees for a family member attending the school.

As a member of South Africa’s parliament, Winnie earns around 75,000 euros ($98,000) per year.

Mandela and Winnie married only five years before he was jailed for sabotage in an attempt to end the apartheid movement in South Africa. the year of 1963.  They soon separated before Mandela became the first black president of South Africa after the end of apartheid rule in 1994.

In 1998, Mandela married Graca Machel, the widow of Mozambican president Samora Machel.

Winnie was convicted 10 years ago for abusing her power as the ruling African National Congress women’s league leader to defraud a bank.  Investigators in March said they were “probing the ‘mother of the nation'” for the murder of two men she accused of being apartheid spies from the 1980’s.