South Africa Lays 'Mama' Winnie Mandela To Rest

Cheryl Sanders
April 14, 2018

I think their actions are actions of cruelty because they robbed my mother of her rightful legacy during her lifetime. She was sacked from her ministerial post in 1995 after allegations of corruption and the couple divorced a year later, but her popular appeal remained strong. The crowd, which included former presidents Jacob Zuma, Kgalema Motlanthe and Thabo Mbeki, roared in approval.

In his eulogy, Ramaphosa called Madikizela-Mandela proud, strong, courageous and articulate.

He said: "Faced with the most heinous of racist and discriminatory regimes, she helped lead the way in showing what it takes to overcome such tyranny - strength, defiance and courage".

"She is truly the mother of South Africa", Jackson told journalists on Friday.

As the violence of the apartheid authorities reached new intensity, Madikizela-Mandela was drawn into a world of internecine betrayal, reprisals and atrocity.

While once she was shunned by South Africa's political elite, including her own party the ANC, in death she has been nearly universally lauded.

"Her's is a unique story in history, we have appreciated what she meant for the World but we want to let you know that my mother despite all the lies smeared against her was ready to challenge the lies but time did not allow", she said. She warned the "hypocrites" who hid the truth and marginalised her mother.

Pheko referred to black men doing "the bidding of white imperialist power", and Mashile said: "We elect rapists, philanders and wife beaters but Winnie's sexuality is one she must be shamed for, how?"

ANC chairperson Gwede Mantashe expressed his sadness during Madikizela-Mandela's tribute, adding people should celebrate the struggle stalwart.

The stadium is on its way to being packed as ANC and EFF supporters can be seen singing together proudly.

For example, student activist and master's student, Busisiwe Seabe believed that if it wasn't for Madikizela-Mandela's efforts to keep the memory of Nelson Mandela alive, to "humanise and verify" him, "after 27 years people could've forgotten about him, but she had been doing the work across the globe to keep his memory alive". What do we do with them?

"Praising her now that she's gone exhibits what hypocrites you're", she mentioned throughout her speech.

Mrs Madikizela-Mandela was a social worker when she met her future husband, then a prominent anti-apartheid campaigner, in the 1950s. He said he would request the ANC to confer its highest honour on her.

And because the casket left the stadium, one other speaker learn out Alice Walker's poem, "Winnie Mandela We Love You". "As a nation and a continent we also have a chance to be lovely and stand for that which is true to humanity", she said.

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