Winnie Madikizela-Mandela laid to rest

15 April, 2018, 00:55 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Winnie-Madikezela Mandela

Mourners wore black, green and gold - colors of the ruling African National Congress political party.

In a eulogy delivered at Madikizela-Mandela's funeral service at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Saturday, Ramaphosa admitted on the ANC's behalf that they had failed Madikizela Mandela. She died on Monday, April 2, at the age of 81. The debates, and complexities of the struggle icon are set to continue. "She never stopped serving", he told reporters. The crowd, which included former presidents Jacob Zuma, Kgalema Motlanthe and Thabo Mbeki, roared in approval.

Apartheid security agents have gone on the record revealing the extent of their propaganda campaign against Madikizela-Mandela.

Winnie held different positions in the government including and was appointed deputy Prime Minister of arts, culture, science and technology in 1994. She told how she met Madikizela-Mandela 60 years ago at the Baragwanath Hospital, where they both worked. And all we ask is: no matter how tempting it may be to compare and contrast them, just know that sometimes it is enough to contemplate two historical figures and accept that they complemented each other, far more than any popular narrative might suggest. "As we continue to touch her wounds, we must be courageous enough to share her life and legacy across our society and with the people she loved", he said.

"The enemy expected her to return from Brandfort diminished, broken and defeated", Ramaphosa said, in apparent reference to the isolated town the white minority government had forced to live in internal exile for years in 1977.

"Im here to evoke the spirit of the one who put the country first, above her own personal safety, when it was not fashionable to do so".

EFF leader Julius Malema arrives at the Orlando stadium.

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

"There are many young women who want to be like her who want to change the storyline about women, who want to ensure that we kill patriarchy".

"Let us honour her memory by pledging here that we will dedicate all our resources, all our efforts, all our energy to the empowerment of the poor and vulnerable".

Malema's assertions seem to have been confirmed by South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also ANC president when he said Madikizela Mandela was alone. He said he would request the ANC to confer its highest honour on her. Ramaphossa said South Africa has a painful history which characterizes the current situation in the country with anger. "Zenani's tears revealed Mama Winnie's wounds". For those of us who've been close to her, we have always appreciated just how much she meant to the world. Hers was a life of compassion.

Fans have visited Madikizela-Mandela's home in Soweto, the Johannesburg township where she dwelt, along with condolences have poured in from across the planet in remembrance of one of those 20th century many dominant activists. "It was a spear that throughout the darkest moments of our struggle she wielded with great courage".

"In apartheid South Africa, the combination of patriarchy and racism together meant that black women confronted enormous obstacles from the cradle to the grave - making her own achievements all the more exceptional", he said on Friday at a memorial in NY, not mentioning Nelson Mandela at all. Dlamini Mandela said, "She endured continuous harassment at the hands of Apartheid security police and subjected to torture while in prison. You deserve to be awarded the Speararankoe", he said. EFF leaders encouraged their members to act with discipline during the funeral.

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