April 26, 2018

Gallery: Guard of honour as Mama Winnie's body arrives in Soweto

16 April 2018, 11:07 | Sandy Nunez

ANC supporters attended Mama Winnie's funeral

ANC supporters attended Mama Winnie's funeral

South Africa's former Presidents Jacob Zuma and Thabo Mbeki were welcomed at the funeral service of the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela with boos and cheers at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Saturday.Zuma was accompanied by his wife Bongi Ngema-Zuma to pay his last respects to the late stalwart, a woman whom he had an uneasy relationship with during his controversial and scandal-ridden nine-year reign that ended by a recall from the state presidency.

Ms Zukiswa Madikizela paid tribute by calling on all black South African women to carry forward the struggle icon's legacy.

Jessie Duarte, a National Executive Committee member of the African National Congress has accused some in the media of allegedly taking bribes to tarnish the image of the late struggle icon, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

"We know that there are some journalists who are taking bribes to write lies about Mama Winnie", said Duarte. She took on the most evil and powerful regime of the past century.

"Loudly and without apology, she spoke truth to power". Yet, through everything, she endured. "They could not silence her".

"My sisters, since she was unable to come and receive her award, I'd like to invite you that you can come to Namibia so that we can give you that honour, and also allow us as Swapo and Namibia to also honour her", Geingob said during his speech at Madikizela-Mandela's funeral.

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The afternoon burial ceremony at Fourways Memorial Park Cemetery, north of Johannesburg, ended a almost two-week mourning period declared by the government.

Many mourners were clad in the green and yellow colours of the ANC. Members of the leftist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party also attended in large numbers.

During Mandela's 27-year incarceration for his fight against apartheid, Madikizela-Mandela campaigned for his release and for the rights of black South Africans undergoing detention, banishment and arrest. "I'm very grateful to be here today".

She died at the age of 81.

Geingob further said Madikizela-Mandela leaves behind a legacy of sacrifice, dedication and commitment. Why were we so quick to believe that the mother of the nation was in the business of killing the very kids she got into tussles with apartheid police to protect?

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