How Many Times Was Nelson Mandela Married?

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Nelson Mandela was married three times in his lifetime. He fathered five children across his three wives, and was President of South Africa from May 1994 until June 1999.

Mandela was married to Evelyn Ntoko Mase, a nurse, from 1944 until 1958. They had three children together: Makaziwe, Makgatho and Madiba Thembekile. He married Winnie Madikizela, head of the African National Congress Women's League, in 1958 and had two children with her, named Zenani and Zindziswa. He and Winnie separated in 1992 and were divorced in 1996. Mandela married his third wife, Graça Machel, in 1998. Mandela and Graça stayed together until Mandela's death in 2013.