Alex mourns Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Alex mourns Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Carla Harmon
April 14, 2018

A memorial service was held for Winnie Mandela at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg.

Gathering at the 40,000-seat stadium to attend an official memorial service in her honour, Mabuza and those who knew Madikizela-Mandela spoke of her as a selfless leader who was always ready to lend a hand.

A video has emerged of Madikizela-Mandela, where she mentions journalists, saying they were doing the work of the apartheid security establishment, including the United States Strategic Command (StratCom), which led to her being undermined and vilified.

"She could have just been a quiet mother with two children". He said: "Even at 81 [she] was one person I thought would live forever". But she lost the presidency to Cyril Ramaphosa who is now president of the ANC and South Africa.

People say it's an incredible thing that the woman affectionately known as the mother of the nation lived with them in the township of Soweto.

"I had seen her, I was here in 1974 when she came to the schools and said we were marching out".

It is the first major event of remembrance for Madikizela-Mandela.

Prone to adversity, she fought fire with fire.

Glamorous and tough, she played a high-profile role in the battle to end repressive white-minority rule.

A memorial was also held in the town of Brandfort where Winnie Mandela was kept under house arrest for eight years.

Madikizela-Mandela's body laid at Kupane funeral home in Orlando East.

"We all complain about things, but Ma Winnie showed us that we must look at how we can make a difference in the world", she told the publication.

The Mandelas separated in 1992 and divorced four years later, after a legal wrangle that revealed she had had an affair with a young bodyguard.

RUPERT LANCASTER: She was a struggle icon who affected many people's lives.

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