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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, 'Mother of the Nation,' Mourned at Southafrica

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, 'Mother of the Nation,' Mourned at Southafrica

The South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said the death of Madikizela Mandela, aged 81, has unified people across political divide and beyond the country's borders.

EFF leader Julius Malema didn't hold back his criticism during his address, pointing accusatory fingers of blame at the ANC, the ANC Women's League and the Mass Democrative Movement for not supporting Mam' Winnie while she was alive.

Tens of thousands of mourners burst into loud cheers as the coffin carrying her remains was wheeled into the stadium, less than two kilometres from her home on Saturday.

He was delivering the eulogy at Mama Winnie's funeral at Orlando Stadium. When Madikizela-Mandela returned from exile she became involved with a group of young men known as the Mandela United Football Club, who were widely blamed for violence in Soweto.

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Soweto on Friday to see the funeral procession of Winnie Mandela ahead of her final send-off this weekend.

Madikizela Mandela's grand-daughter, Swati Dlamini Mandela read the obituary of the fallen liberation hero. "They robbed my mother of her rightful legacy during her lifetime". "She believed it was her calling to defend and protect both from the constant assaults by the Apartheid State". "Loudly and with out apology, she spoke reality to energy".

Nomzamo Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has left Orlando for the last time. In death, she has demonstrated that our many differences along political party and racial lines and the numerous disputes we may have are eclipsed by our shared desire to follow her lead in building a just, equitable and caring society.

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Mrs Madikizela-Mandela was a social worker when she met her future husband, then a prominent anti-apartheid campaigner, in the 1950s.

Many memorializing Madikizela-Mandela acknowledged her as a political drive in her personal proper.

Ms Madikizela-Mandela denied any knowledge of any killings.

"She gave everything she had", said ANC deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte. Her reputation was tainted by accusations of human rights violations that seemed sometimes at odds with Mandela's fight for inclusiveness. Dlamini Mandela is the daughter of Zenani Mandela who was sired by Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela. She was persecuted by the government and suffered imprisonment, torture and banishment as she was the strongest ANC voice within the country during the struggle.

Foreign dignitaries at the funeral include the leaders of Namibia, Swaziland and the Republic of Congo, as well as American civil rights activist Jesse Jackson and global supermodel Naomi Campbell.

Also present at the service were South Africa's former presidents Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma, as well as foreign dignitaries from Kenya, Namibia, and Lesotho.

WINNIE LIVES ON: "As a family we have watched in awe as young women stood up and took a stand of deep solidarity with my mother".


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