Photos from Winnie Mandela's funeral in South Africa

Photos from Winnie Mandela's funeral in South Africa

"She endured surveillance, harassment, torture and imprisonment, including in solitary confinement, making huge personal sacrifices", Guterres said, in reference to her 17 months in prison, 13 of them in solitary confinement.

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday called on South Africans to honour the memory of the late struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela by uniting in a common goal to heal the nation's past divisions and eradicate inequality.Paying tribute to Madikizela-Mandela at a colourful but capacity filled 40,000-seat Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Ramaphosa said the fallen leader wanted South Africans to honour the commitment made in the ruling African National Congress' Freedom Charter document drawn up in 1955 that called on the people to share in the country's wealth and that the land should be shared among those who worked on it.

Mandela "was robbed of her rightful legacy during her lifetime", said her daughter Zenani Mandela in a powerful and emotional tribute at the funeral service in the Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

Winnie Mandela's husband became the first black president of democratic South Africa, but she refused to follow many other struggle-era politicians who moved from townships like Soweto to formerly white-only suburbs after the end of apartheid. "We could have told her the praises while she was alive", Zezani said. She warned the "hypocrites" who hid the truth and marginalised her mother.

And as the casket left the stadium, another speaker read out Alice Walker's poem, "Winnie Mandela We Love You".

Shortly before 17:00 on Saturday, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela reached her final earthly destination as her coffin was lowered into the grave next to that of her great-granddaughter in Fourways Memorial Park Cemetery.

Also in attendance of Winnie's funeral was the civil rights leader Jesse Jackson. He apologised for only belatedly recognising her contribution.

She slammed those who came out following Madikizela-Mandela's death about the apartheid regime's propaganda machine aimed at tarnishing the icon's name, specifically mentioning the former police commissioner George Fivaz. Back in 1977, she had been banished to a remote town.




It took its toll.

The marathon farewell underscored Madikizela-Mandela's ability to connect with a young, new generation of black South Africans, demanding radical change to overcome apartheid's lingering toxic legacy.

Ramaphosa called Madikizela-Mandela a giant, a pathfinder, a healer and an eternal beauty.

"We must continue to touch Mama's wounds, acknowledge her vast pain and torment, and pass on the stories of her suffering to future generations so that it may always be known that Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was a giant, a pathfinder... and forever the Mother of the Nation".

South Africans on Saturday, April 14, stepped out to pay their last tribute to wife of their former president Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Her stints as a lawmaker, a post she held until her death, were lackluster.

Mandela-Dlamini, her older daughter accused the press to be complicit at an extended "smear campaign" in opposition to her mommy.

Zezani said it is surprising that the same moral standards that Winnie was expected to display, her male counterparts were not. He said they are happy and acknowledge that South Africa is becoming better every day.

Ramaphosa explained the traumas that Madikizela-Mandela suffered as a target of their highly effective apartheid state imposed "deep wounds" that not treated - also went largely ignored by many tech peers. "We are lucky to have witnessed her greatness, courage, fearlessness and her strength".

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