Madikizela-Mandela laid to rest

Sergio Conner
April 14, 2018

Heads of state joined the five-hour celebration of the highly effective determine who will likely be buried as a nationwide hero following energetic debate over how she ought to be remembered after her dying on April 2 at age 81.

Often called the "Mother of the Nation" and "Mama Winnie", Madikizela-Mandela fought to keep South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle in the worldwide spotlight while her husband, Nelson Mandela, was imprisoned.

Then, addressing members of the A.N.C. who had been hostile to Ms. Madikizela-Mandela, he said: "We see you in your attractive suits".

Thousands of mourners had gathered Wednesday for a public memorial in Soweto, where Madikizela-Mandel lived for decades. Zukiswa was speaking for the Madikizela family at Orlando stadium during the funeral proceedings. 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. She was a true inspiration for all the people in the world.

Not long afterwards, she met African National Congress activist Mr Mandela and the couple married in 1958, forming one of the most storied unions of the century.

She added that "praising her now that she is gone shows what hypocrites you are".

"Loudly and without apology, she spoke truth to power".

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The elder daughter of anti-apartheid icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has passionately defended her mother's legacy against detractors during her official funeral. "Like her, you showed that we can be attractive, powerful and revolutionary - even as we challenge the lies that have been peddled for so long".

He said Madikizela Mandela provided leadership at the most hard time and never demanded a reward.

Her own party, the ANC, was not there for her when she rose during those tumultuous times, he said.

The young Madikizela-Mandela grew up in what is now Eastern Cape province and came to Johannesburg as the city's first black female social worker. But on Saturday, her family and comrades used her funeral to both celebrate her enormous contribution to the anti-apartheid struggle and hit out against those who campaigned against her. The funeral was also attended by foreign dignitaries from Swaziland, Namibia, Democratic Republic of the Congo and an American civil activist Jesse Jackson among others. Mandela, South Africa's first black president, fired her as one in every of his deputy ministers. 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.

Although she fought fiercely for democracy, Madikizela-Mandela floundered in a political profession after the primary free elections in 1994. Dlamini Mandela is the daughter of Zenani Mandela who was sired by Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela.

Ramaphosa finished on Saturday: "She lives on in all of us".

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