Black People : Winnie Mandela denied entry to Canada for arts gala

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    Winnie Mandela denied entry to Canada for arts gala
    Last Updated: Tuesday, June 5, 2007 | 6:07 PM ET
    CBC Arts

    Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, ex-wife of former South
    African leader Nelson Mandela, has been denied entry
    to Canada.

    Madikizela-Mandela was scheduled to attend a
    fundraising gala in Toronto on Tuesday for the arts
    organization MusicaNoir.

    The Canadian High Commission in South Africa has
    refused to grant a visa for Madikizela-Mandela,
    according to Carole Adriaans, a spokeswoman for
    MusicaNoir, which promotes diversity in classical

    No reason was given, Adriaans said.

    "She was devastated. We were devastated. We are
    devastated," Adriaans told CBC Radio.

    Madikizela-Mandela, 70, is controversial because of
    the violence practised by her supporters in the
    struggle against apartheid.

    In 1991, she was convicted of kidnapping and assault
    in connection with the death of a 14-year-old

    Her life story is the subject of a new two-part opera
    being staged in Toronto as part of the Luminato arts

    The Passion of Winnie (Part One) was created by
    composer Bongani Ndodana-Breen and filmmaker Warren
    Wilensky. It was scheduled to be performed as part of
    the Toronto gala, A Night in Soweto, that
    Madikizela-Mandela had planned to attend.

    Organizers say the fundraiser will go ahead as planned
    with another special guest, LeVar Burton, an
    African-American actor, director and author.

    South African-born Wilensky said Canada's decision
    underlines the reason he wrote the opera.

    "[At] the end of the day, I want people to walk away
    saying, 'I would not judge someone until I walked a
    mile in their shoes,' and again, people are judging
    her," he said. "The Canadian government's taken a

    Criminal record may have kept Mandela out
    Mandela's criminal conviction may have been enough to
    keep her out of Canada.

    "Generally, if you have a criminal record, you're not
    wanted in this country, either for permanent residence
    or to visit as a tourist," immigration lawyer Guidy
    Mamann told CBC Radio.

    Celebrities with criminal records can apply for a
    minister's permit and still get into the country, as
    was the case with Martha Stewart.

    Madikizela-Mandela was in New York City just two weeks
    ago to accept an award for her work with AIDS and the
    Save Africa Concerts Foundation affiliated with the
    United Nations.

    Madikizela-Mandela had a public falling-out with her
    husband, anti-apartheid fighter and former South
    African president Nelson Mandela, after he formed a
    new government in 1995. They divorced a year later.

    She was scheduled to travel to Canada with Zindzi
    Mandela, Nelson Mandela's daughter.