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A fiery send-off for the mother of the nation Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

A fiery send-off for the mother of the nation Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Duarte did not specify which journalist/s or any media firm that had apparently been paid to report incorrect information about the Madikizela-Mandela.

EFF leader Julius Malema appeared to live up to his self-styled image as the kingmaker, calling on the governing ANC to name Cape Town International Airport after Madikizela-Mandela.

"She suffered alone", Ramaphosa told thousands of mourners who arrived at the Orlando Stadium to pay their last respects to the Struggle icon.

"Some of those who sold you out to the regime are here".

"Mama Winnie was a true freedom fighter and she never sold the struggle", he said.

Malema took note of the people who attacked Winnie during her lifetimeā€š first lashing out at the former leaders of the opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) who held a press conference during apartheid to disassociate themselves from her.

"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".

"Winnie Mandela is our mother".

"We know that there are some journalists who are taking bribes to write lies about Mama Winnie", said Duarte.

As with her former husband Nelson Mandela's funeral, the rain poured down on the day of Madikizela-Mandela's send-off.

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EFF and ANC supporters during the funeral service of Struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on April 14, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

"I am here not to bury Mama, because mothers don't die".

"I'm here to look at your grandchildren in the eyes and tell them that they will never be treated like they've got leprosy for as long as I'm still alive", Malema said to yet more loud cheers.

It is alleged that Malema pushed a police officer after he was denied entry into the Fourways Memorial Park where Madikizela-Mandela was laid to rest.

His refusal to acknowledge former president Jacob Zuma was clearly notable.

Police are reportedly investigating an alleged scuffle between Police VIP protection unit and EFF members Julius Malema and fellow Member of Parliament Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.

Malema received the loudest cheers at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Saturday.

Some of the speakers at the funeral included President Cyril Ramaphosa, fashion icon and model Naomi Campbell and EFF leader Julius Malema.

Deputy President David Mabuza is also due to deliver a tribute on behalf his party while Bathabile Dlamini will represent the ANC Women's League (ANCWL). "If you disrespect President Ramaphosa, you're disrespecting Mama Winnie".


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