South Africa Lay Winnie Mandela To Rest

South Africa Lay Winnie Mandela To Rest

Model Naomi Campbell addressed the thousands of attendees at the funeral for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto today, 14 April.

The deceased who was fondly called Mama Winnie also fought to keep South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle in the worldwide spotlight while her late husband, Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. I truly believe that it is worth repeating that long before it was fashionable to call for Nelson Mandela's release from Robben Island, it was my mother who kept his memory alive.

Madikizela-Mandela was honoured with a State burial on Saturday that saw world leaders congregate to pay their last respect to the social worker who later became the face of resistance against apartheid.

Condolences have poured in from around the world in remembrance of one of the 20th century's most prominent political activists.

"She never stopped fighting".

"She confronted gun-carrying white men who were sworn killers of the apartheid defence force throughout the long years of the state of emergency in the 1980s".

"Madikizela-Mandela held our family together since Mama passed away in 1998, we knew we could always count on her".

"She was a humble soul, no matter how far out of their way people will go to tarnish and discredit her name, she never tried to ... make us see that whatever is being said about her is all lies", said Moselane.

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.




According to Mkhabane, Madikizela-Mandela used to talk to the Detainees Parents Support Committee to try and encourage the parents of political detainees to get their children to return to school and get an education.

Thousands of mourners have packed a 40,000-seat stadium to bid farewell to the powerful figure who will be buried as a national hero, after lively debate over how she should be remembered.

She had a message of strength to Zindzi and Zenani Mandela at that stage seated next to President Cyril Ramaphosa. In 1977, she was banished to a distant city.

It took its toll.

Winnie would later be reprieved after a court overturned her theft conviction but gave her a suspended sentence of three years and six months for fraud.

Ms Madikizela-Mandela denied any knowledge of any killings.

After Mandela was imprisoned, Madikizela-Mandela embraced her personal management within the freedom wrestle with steely willpower and at nice private sacrifice.

Supporters in the ANC have loudly defended her.

"She made a choice to raise two families, hers and the beloved country", Mandela-Dlamini said. "For those of you whose hearts are unforgiving, sit down and shut up. This is our heroine".

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