Ramaphosa dedicates Maya Angelou's famous poem to Madikizela-Mandela

Flowers were placed outside Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's home in Soweto on 14 April 2018 ahead of official funeral proceedings

Tens of thousands of mourners at Orlando Stadium rose to bid farewell to the Mother of the Nation. She died on Monday, April 2, at the age of 81. The debates, and complexities of the struggle icon are set to continue.

She was an African woman who - in her attitude, her words and her actions - defied the very premise of apartheid ideology and male superiority.

"The pain inflicted on her lives on in us", she said, with her sister Zindzi standing next to her at the podium. Dlamini struggled to speak before giving a moving speech honouring the example her mother set for women.

Also present at the funeral service were former presidents Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe and Jacob Zuma, dignitaries from African countries and celebrities such as British supermodel Naomi Campbell and US civil rights activist Jesse Jackson. Praising her now in her death show how hypocritical we are as a nation. He described Madikizela Mandela as courageous.

During his fiery address, Malema questioned several aspects of the ANC government.

Mandela divorced her in 1996, claiming infidelity and saying that after his release from prison, his wife made him "the loneliest man".

"As each of them disavowed these lies, I had to ask myself - why have they sat on the truth had wait until my mother's death to tell it?" And to her there was no contradiction in this choice, because she cherished freedom as much as she treasured her family.

Political battles played out at Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's funeral, as some leaders were booed and old rivalries were hashed out in tribute speeches to the global icon. Zukiswa was speaking for the Madikizela family at Orlando stadium during the funeral proceedings.

"All those who resigned from the NEC of the women's league because they said they can't be led by a criminal they are here playing all important roles at your funeral, can we trust them or should we treat them with suspicion cde Winnie?".




They were accused of the disappearances and killings of at least 18 boys and young men and the group's leader was convicted of killing a 14-year-old boy, nicknamed "Stompie", who was accused of being a police informer. We salute you Sir.

She said the media was "complicit in smearing my mother".

Winnie Madikizela- Mandela was preparing to take President Cyril Ramaphosa back to Marikana to meet the widows of the massacred. "Too often we were not there for her as she tried to rise", he said.

"She is truly the mother of South Africa", Jackson told journalists on Friday.

"Mama, the widows of Marikana are still in tears".

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called her an "international symbol of resistance" whose extraordinary life had an impact on millions of people around the world. "It was a life of compassion", said the president. She was the eyes and ears of the world during those dark days.

For years, she was routinely harassed by apartheid-state security forces, imprisoned and tortured. "She fought from beginning to the end".

Friends, as well as erstwhile foes, came together to testify, not to the absence of frailty in Mama Winnie's character, but to a certain gravitas, a passionate commitment and courage to face up with the big issues of the time, thus bending the arc of history forever. "I will be guided by your spirit.Juju will go with me to heal the wounds of the Marikana widows".

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