South Africa's anti-apartheid heroine Winnie Mandela laid to rest

Provincial secretary and acting chairperson Mr Mandla Ndlovu

Provincial secretary and acting chairperson Mr Mandla Ndlovu

Madikizela-Mandela's death on April 2 at the age of 81 after a long illness was met by an outpouring of emotion across the country, with the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and opposition parties holding memorials to remember her courage in the struggle to end white-minority rule.

And even though he lauded President Cyril Ramaphosa at the start of his address, Malema later hit out at him, without mentioning his name, over the killing of striking mineworkers in the North West's Marikana tragedy in 2012.

April 14, 2018 - The Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg was packed to capacity on Saturday for the funeral of struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

That footage was played over and over on South African TV showing Madikizela-Mandela's life, and her supporters were in no doubt reminded of Mbeki's behaviour.

"She expressed her gratitude and said she wouldn't miss the performance".

Duarte described Madikizela-Mandela as a caring mother who suffered more than anyone could have imagined when she was incarcerated and exiled by the apartheid regime. Yet, through everything, she endured.


A private gravesite ceremony will take place at the Fourways Memorial Park. I was grateful, but a part of me also knew that the chances of her not attending were quite high, given her frail health.

Madikizela-Mandela's grandchild, Zondwa Mandela said her death was a "wound" that would never heal, adding that Madikizela-Mandela was a hero who sacrificed her own life for the betterment of her people.

"My sisters, since she was unable to come and receive her award, I'd like to invite you that you can come to Namibia so that we can give you that honour, and also allow us as Swapo and Namibia to also honour her", Geingob said during his speech at Madikizela-Mandela's funeral.

During Mandela's 27-year incarceration for his fight against apartheid, Madikizela-Mandela campaigned for his release and for the rights of black South Africans undergoing detention, banishment and arrest.

In 1991, Madikizela-Mandela was convicted of kidnapping and being an accessory to assault, but her six-year jail sentence was reduced to a fine and a two-year suspended sentence on appeal.

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