Zenani Mandela-Dlamini calls out her mother's detractors

Sergio Conner
April 14, 2018

For many South Africans, the most memorable image of Madikizela-Mandela is her punching the air in a clenched-fist salute as she walked hand-in-hand with Mandela out of Victor Verster prison, near Cape Town, on February 11, 1990.

UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres and Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed have paid glowing tributes to late Winifred "Winnie" Madikizela-Mandela, describing her as a strong and fearless woman.

During her husband's 27-year incarceration, Madikizela-Mandela campaigned tirelessly for his release and for the rights of black South Africans.

He also said that Cape Town International Airport should be named after her.

"I believe something is very wrong with the history of our country, and how we have messed up the African National Congress". When Ms 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.

The official funeral proceedings at the stadium will bring together political rivals‚ including the ANC's Cyril Ramaphosa and the EFF's Julius Malema‚ both of whom also joined her at the 80th birthday party.

The panelists each shared their personal memories of Madikizela-Mandela.

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"We have been comforted and strengthened since her death".

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

Since her dying, supporters have visited Madikizela-Mandela's household dwelling in Soweto, the Johannesburg township the place she lived, and condolences have poured in from world wide in remembrance of one of many 20th century's most distinguished political activists. She loomed larger than life for all of us.

"It is hard to accept that she is no longer with us", cried her daughter Zenani Dlamini, "because she was always so strong". But she never bowed. Ever since we announced that my mother had departed this world, we've been comforted and strengthened in our hour of grief and weakness by your love, your messages, your visitations, and above all your testimonies of what my mother meant to each of you.

Tens of thousands of mourners burst into loud cheers as the casket carrying her remains was wheeled into the stadium, less than two kilometres from her home. He continued, "Yet through everything Mama Winnie endured they could not break her, they could not silence her". "It is important to honour her and continue the fight". She was one of the people.

Ramaphosa finished on Saturday: "She lives on in all of us". She guides our struggles. "She was our conscience".

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