Madikizela-Mandela left as loyal servant of ANC: Mbalula

Mourners line the streets of Soweto as a hearse carrying the body of Winnie Mandela makes its way through the township

South Africans were impressed by the Kenyan Head of State after he used Zulu language to bid farewell to the anti-apartheid crusader, who will be laid to rest at the Fourways Memorial Park Cemetery in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Zukiswa Madikizela, one of Madikizela-Mandela's three sisters, paid tribute on behalf of the Madikizela family.

"You show that we can be handsome, powerful and revolutionary - even as we challenge the lies that have been peddled for so long".

Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, who attended the funeral, said on Friday that Madikizela-Mandela was responsible for making the anti-apartheid movement "a global struggle".

Her daughter, Zenani Mandela-Dlamini, was among the speakers at the funeral.

To a crowd shouting "Bua!" When Madikizela-Mandela returned from exile she turned concerned with a gaggle of younger males generally known as the Mandela United Soccer Membership.

"Left alone to fend for herself only caused her more pain.

But you were never a member of the UDF, you were the only one who pronounced as the ANC", Malema said.




"Im here to evoke the spirit of the one who put the country first, above her own personal safety, when it was not fashionable to do so".

Ramaphosa said her statement and tears remained with him since. He said they must all account for what happened at Marikana. "The cabal that rejected you... and sent you to the brutal apartheid regime is here".

The EFF president assured Winnie's children that none of them would be "treated like they have leprosy" while he is still alive.

Then, addressing members of the A.N.C. who had been hostile to Ms. Madikizela-Mandela, he said: "We see you in your handsome suits".

Those who notice such things would have realized that her 2013 book, 491 Days-which tells the story of the brutality she experienced at the hands of the Apartheid state, the depths of her despair and her extraordinary resilience and defiance under extreme pressure-was already an invitation for a deep re-evaluation of her life.

Earlier on Saturday morning, Gauteng premier David Mahura said in his welcoming to the service that the "truth will triumphantly march forward to tell us who" Madikizela-Mandela was. "They robbed my mother of her rightful legacy during her lifetime". "All we ask, no matter how tempting it is to compare and contrast them, just know that sometimes it is enough to contemplate two historical figures and accept that they complimented each other far more than any popular narrative".

According to this MKMVA member, they used to go to Madikizela-Mandela for advice and she was always committed to them all celebrating New Year's Eve at her house.

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