She was reelected to Parliament in 1999, but stepped down in 2003, under a new fiscal scandal. South Africa was below the system called apartheid, where citizens of native African ancestry were subjected to some severe caste system in which European descendants loved substantially higher rates of wealth, wellbeing and social independence. Winnie finished her studies and, though receiving a scholarship to study in The United States, determined instead to work as the very first black medical social worker at Baragwanath Hospital in Johannesburg. A committed professional, she came to learn via her field work of the deplorable state that a lot of her patients lived in.
In the mid-1950s, Winnie met lawyer Nelson Mandela, who, at that time, was leader of the African National Congress, an organization together with the aim of ending South Africa’s apartheid system of racial segregation. Both wed in June 1958, despite issues from Winnie’s dad on the couple’s age difference and Mandela’s steadfast political participation. Following the marriage, Winnie moved into Mandela’s house in Soweto. She became officially known then as Winnie Madikizela-Mandel.