S.Africa: 'Mama' Winnie Mandela laid to rest


After Ramaphosa's eulogy, there was a religious service, whereafter the hearse started making its way to Madikizela-Mandela's final resting place, the Fourways Memorial Park, in pouring rain.

Zukiswa Madikizela, one of Madikizela-Mandela's three sisters, paid tribute on behalf of the Madikizela family.

Her daughter, Zenani Mandela-Dlamini, was among the speakers at the funeral.

"Proud, defiant, articulate, she exposed the lie of apartheid", President Cyril Ramaphosa said before a packed stadium at the official funeral, the highest-level one the country affords to a non-head of state. "She spoke of many thoughts she had about how the revolutionary ideals and morality of her movement should be restored and not be undermined by corruption and self-enrichment".

"Why have they sat on the truth, and waited until my mother's death to tell it?" she said.

As a 22-year-old social worker, she married Nelson Mandela in 1958, and stood by him in the years following his 1964 conviction and life imprisonment for sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government. He recently said there was no evidence linking Winnie to the murder.

Mbalula added that her children were at her funeral service - those from the breakaway party‚ the Economic Freedom Fighters.

"Till death, you knew who your enemy was: racial domination, class exploitation, gender oppression".

Malema said he had spoken to Seipei's mother who refused to speak on the podium because she didn't want to cause unnecessary squabbles at "the mother of the nation's funeral".

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During his fiery speech, Malema said: "Mama, the widows of Marikana are still in tears".

"The UDF cabal is here", said Malema, to the roaring crowd, a section of which was dominated by red T-shirts and berets. "In this fight, you were persecuted by the apartheid regime and disowned by your own".

"You wanted us to come back to the ANC - to which ANC?"

Madikizela-Mandela was later jailed in 1969 for months and placed under house arrest for years over her activism against the apartheid regime.

"Unlike many of those who imagined a contested legacy between my mother and my father we do not have that luxury because they are our parents".

"You taught young women across the nation that they are just as capable, if not more capable, of standing shoulder to shoulder with men and being totally unapologetic about it", Mabuza said.

Malema was speaking in refernce to a press conference held by the United Democratic Front in 1989, where it disassociated itself with Madikizela-Mandela.

According to this MKMVA member, they used to go to Madikizela-Mandela for advice and she was always committed to them all celebrating New Year's Eve at her house.