Madikizela-Mandela laid to rest

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was the wife of civil rights activist and former South African president Nelson Mandela.

South Africans trooped out in their thousands to pay last respect to Winnie Mandela, wife of former President Nelson Mandela as she is laid to rest on Saturday.

Mourners who attended the funeral service of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at Orlando Stadium on Saturday reflect on how the Struggle icon touched their lives. And to her there was no contradiction in this choice, because she cherished freedom as much as she treasured her family.

Winnie Mandela refused to follow many other struggle-era politicians who moved from townships like Soweto to formerly white-only suburbs after the end of apartheid.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the eulogy.

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

She described Madikizela-Mandela as "a heroine for a whole continent and a symbol of resistance".

She also questioned why men in the struggle weren't subjected to the same scrutiny and said "double standards obscure the enormous efforts of women" in the struggle.

Thousands of mourners had gathered Wednesday for a public memorial in Soweto, where Madikizela-Mandel lived for decades. She will be buried as a national hero.

"We mention these few incidents just to make them aware that we know what they did to you".

"You are the progeny of a woman who always tried and persevered in trying times", she said.

Madikizela-Mandela's legacy, however, was later tarnished. While Mandela was imprisoned at Robben Island, she became his voice, providing regular updates to followers hungry for every detail. "She never left the belly of the beast". "Bua!" Mandela-Dlamini questioned why some who had known the truth about her mother waited until her death to speak. She will still be the voice of the people.

Hundreds of mourners sang "there's no-one like Winnie", an adapted popular liberation struggle song. "In the face of exploitation, she was a champion of justice and equality".

Fivaz had ordered the reopening of Stompie Seipie's case, the 14-year-old boy who was suspected to have been killed under Winnie's watch. She believed it was her calling to defend and protect both from the constant assaults by the Apartheid State.

"She is truly the mother of South Africa", Jackson told journalists on Friday.

He said she spoke of her deep desire for unity and the renewal not only of the movement that she loved dearly, but of the nation.

Although she fought fiercely for democracy, Madikizela-Mandela floundered in a political profession after the primary free elections in 1994.

  • Leroy Wright