Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
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'Until we meet again Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela'

'Until we meet again Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela'

"As we continue to touch her wounds, we must be fearless enough to share her life and legacy across our society and with the people she loved", he said.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is sitting next to the two daughters of Madikizela-Mandela and Nelson Mandela. I encourage women of South Africa to be active and help communities in whatever way we can.

Zezani was almost born in prison, as Winnie Mandela was arrested close to her birth in 1959 and when she was four her father was sent to prison, where he would stay for the next 27 years.

"Left alone to fend for herself only caused her more pain". 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.

"The pain inflicted on her lives forever even after her death".

"They wanted to see her broken, with bowed head and lowered eyes, and weakened by soulful cries, but still she rose", Ramaphosa said.

She was sacked after allegations of corruption emerged with her name featuring prominently. Dlamini struggled to speak before giving a moving speech honouring the example her mother set for women.

"She kept the memories of our father alive. She trained and worked as one who provides support and care and comfort to those most deeply affected by poverty, hunger and illness". "She dared to take on one of the most powerful and evil regimes of the past century and she triumphed". The debates, and complexities of the struggle icon are set to continue.

She made the choice that she would raise two families: her personal family and the larger family that was her beloved country.


The British supermodel Naomi Campbell also addressed the mourners where she also broke down while on the podium.

"It was a spear that, throughout the darkest moments of our struggle, she wielded with great courage, unequivocal commitment and incredible skill", he said. I am going to go to Marikana without you, but I will be guided by your spirit.

Deputy President David Mabuza described her as a visionary who championed reconciliation.

Ramaphosa said Madikizela-Mandela's will was matched by a keen political sense and a presence that inspired both awe and admiration, and commended her for choosing to live a life of service and compassion. Because she was always so strong. "She was a true inspiration to all".

Anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has been buried in Johannesburg following an emotional five-hour funeral attended by tens of thousands of mourners.

The late Madikizela Mandela united some people as witnessed by the attendance of people across the political divide. Dignitaries also included Presidents of the Republic of Congo and Namibia, as well as civil rights leaders from around the world, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson. The notable ones were mainly the ruling African National Congress and the Economic Freedom Fighters.

Madikizela Mandela was the fifth in a family of 11 and is survived by three sisters.

She struggled with a cough through the first part of her speech, with her daughter Swati Dlamini-Mandela, who also delivered Madikizela-Mandela's obituary, taking over and reading the first few paragraphs in which Mandela expressed her gratitude to the outpouring of commiserations the family received. The President declared 10-day mourning with flags flying at half mast.

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