Thousands say emotional goodbye to 'Mama Winnie' at funeral service

15 April, 2018, 01:15 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Mama Winnie didn't die... she multiplied in us - supporters

Thunder rumbled and it began to rain as the casket left the 40,000-seat stadium - a blessing, witnesses said. But on Saturday, her family and comrades used her funeral to both celebrate her enormous contribution to the anti-apartheid struggle and hit out against those who campaigned against her.

Model and activist Naomi Campbell broke down in tears on Saturday in front of thousands of mourners gathered for the funeral of Winnie Madikizela Mandela‚ when she paid tribute to the late leader.

"She lived in constant naked contact with danger, prepared to lose her life, even the lives of her own children, who were put into danger by her political activities", Malema said to loud cheers in the stadium.

Winnie Mandela's husband became the first black president of democratic South Africa, but she refused to follow many other struggle-era politicians who moved from townships like Soweto to formerly white-only suburbs after the end of apartheid.

He recited Maya Angelou's poem "Still I Rise".

Shortly before 17:00 on Saturday, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela reached her final earthly destination as her coffin was lowered into the grave next to that of her great-granddaughter in Fourways Memorial Park Cemetery.

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He said she personified the true meaning of speaking truth to power and she was the authentic voice of the people's war against apartheid.

As one of the country's most prominent and polarizing figures, she retained political clout long after her divorce from Mandela.

"From apartheid South Africa, the combo of patriarchy and racism together meant that black girls confronted enormous obstacles from the cradle to the tomb, which makes her own achievements even more exceptional", United Nations secretarygeneral Antonio Guterres said Friday in a museum at nycrather than citing Nelson Mandela in any way.

The young Madikizela-Mandela grew up in what is now Eastern Cape province and came to Johannesburg as the city's first black female social worker. According to her family, she died after a long illness, for which she had been in and out of hospital since the start of the year.

"The Anti-apartheid regime has been misinterpreted to mean it was a man's triumph but we want to remind the world that it was not a man's struggle and triumph, she rose against a might of a nuclear state to bring peace to South Africa", she said. "Don't think for a minute that we've forgotten", she said. In 1977, she was banished to a remote town.

It required a toll.

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She expressed her "profound dismay about my mother's public story of the past 25 years".

Madikizela-Mandela was convicted of the boy's abduction and of being an accessory to assault and was sentenced to six years in prison.

Also in attendance was global model Naomi Campbell, who has had close ties with the Mandela family ever since the late Nelson Mandela's release in 1990 when she met him for the first time in NY that same year. They abducted people, held them at her home, beat them and tortured and killed some.

"Praising her now that she has gone displays what hypocrites you have been", she explained during her speech.

Ramaphosa explained the traumas that Madikizela-Mandela suffered as a target of their highly effective apartheid state imposed "deep wounds" that not treated - also went largely ignored by many tech peers. She understood that her suffering was not in vein and that's the legacy of a great leader who we know as the Mother of the Nation adds Ramaphosa.

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