It came as no surprise to me that Winnie Mandela was rejected a visa by Canadian Immigration. It's a requirement to provide a police certificate with the application, and Winnie's police record isn't exactly flattering.
She was convicted of the assault and kidnapping of a 14 year old boy in 1991. More recently, she was convicted on numerous accounts of fraud and theft while acting as president of the South African Women's league.
Her name is associated with praising the tactic of necklacing, where a tire filled with petrol is tied around a victims neck and set on fire.
She has been accused of bullying political opponents.
Nelson Mandela accused her of adultery leading up to their divorce.
If Winnie Mandela had been accepted, our experience would be even more depressing. Read here.
A criminal convicted of kidnapping leading to murder, as well as theft and fraud, given Canadian visa. Moroccan wife of Canadian, no criminal record, masters degree, high paying job, denied visa. Immigration fears she might be an illegal immigrant risk despite having three unabused visas for Europe, a still valid visa for the United States, and even an expired and unabused single entry visa for Canada.