Mandela’s Step-daughter, Josina Machel Left “Blinded” By Abusive Partner



Nelson Mandela’s step-daughter, and daughter of  politician Graca Machel, Josina Machel has opened up on being a victim of domestic violence. She narrated her story to BBC’s Milton Nkosi, as part of the BBC’s 100 Women season.

She was beaten on her mother’s 70th birthday, she had told her partner  she wanted to visit her mother, rather than go to the place where he expected her to go in Maputo.

“When I [said] that, he starts getting aggravated. And then it just increased and got to a point where he started accusing me of…perhaps wanting to go meet someone else.” she said.

Her partner who is said to be politically connected and well known,  then struck her in the face and gave her a blow that blinded her before she was able to escape from the car where it all happened.

“Unfortunately, my present to my mom was a blind eye,” she said. “I still ask myself, ‘how could it happen to me’? Domestic violence can happen to anyone. It happens to women of different races, women of different educational backgrounds, different social backgrounds.” she said.

“Papa Madiba has always defended women’s rights and my mum is the epitome of the significance of fights against injustice against women. So at this point, I have no right to be quiet and not to stand up,” she said.

Watch Josina Machel’s interview on BBC.


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