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WINNIE WILL FIGHT MANDELA’S EFFORT TO DIVORCE HER

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Winnie Mandela plans to fight President Nelson Mandela's attempt to divorce her, reportedly blaming South Africa's former apartheid government for destroying her marriage.

The Sunday Independent quoted her as saying she was the target of a smear campaign by South Africa's former white minority government that opened a rift between her and Mandela.A former government security agent has come forward in recent months to say he manufactured accusations of infidelity and criminal offenses against Winnie Mandela.

"All I am looking for is the truth and we will get to the bottom of this," Winnie Mandela told the newspaper.

Last week, a sheriff tried and failed to serve formal divorce papers on Winnie Mandela. Her attorney, Moses Mavundla, told the Independent she would contest the divorce, and in an example of the bitter testimony that could result, the newspaper quoted a letter Winnie Mandela had written to her husband accusing him of "emotional abuse" of their children.

In the letter, Winnie Mandela said her husband had told their two daughters he would "finish" his wife's political career. She said one daughter was so distraught she developed high blood pressure.

The Mandelas wed in 1958.