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The life and times of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

The life and times of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Dlamini said the Mother of the nation always showed leadership and deserves recognition even beyond her life on earth.

His refusal to acknowledge former president Jacob Zuma was clearly notable.

British model Naomi Campbell pays tribute at the funeral of struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto, South Africa, Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Before her death, Winnie held several government jobs.

During Mandela's 27-year incarceration for his fight against apartheid, Madikizela-Mandela campaigned for his release and for the rights of black South Africans undergoing detention, banishment and arrest.

As mourners said a final goodbye to the late civil rights activists a military procession escorted her coffin out of the stadium in the city.

Member of the leftist party, the Economic Freedom Fighters also attended in large numbers.

He mentioned the United Democratic Front distancing itself from Madikizela-Mandela over the killing of teenager Stompie Seipei, the ANC Women's League national executive committee members who resigned en-masse after the struggle hero was convicted of fraud and theft, saying that they claimed they could not be led by a criminal.

EFF leader Julius Malema arrives at the Orlando stadium.

Ever since we announced that my mother had departed this world, we've been comforted and strengthened in our hour of grief and weakness by your love, your messages, your visitations, and above all your testimonies of what my mother meant to each of you. In death, she has demonstrated that our many differences along political party and racial lines and the numerous disputes we may have are eclipsed by our shared desire to follow her lead in building a just, equitable and caring society.

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday called on South Africans to honour the memory of the late struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela by uniting in a common objective to heal the nation's past divisions and eradicate inequality.Paying tribute to Madikizela-Mandela at a colourful but capacity filled 40,000-seat Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Ramaphosa said the fallen leader wanted South Africans to honour the commitment made in the ruling African National Congress' Freedom Charter document drawn up in 1955 that called on the people to share in the country's wealth and that the land should be shared among those who worked on it.

"I'm sorry mama that your organisation delayed you in according you its honour". However, before that he greeted everyone, including the structures of the ANC, and declared: "President Cyril Ramaphosa was Mama Winnie's president. That statement and those tears have stayed with me since that day", Ramaphosa said. Zenani said, "It was my mother who kept his (Nelson Mandela) memory alive".

She saw for herself the deliberate intent of the apartheid rulers to impoverish the people of this country. Hers was a life of compassion.

"And to those who've vilified my mother through books, on social media and speeches, don't for a minute think we've forgotten", she said, flanked by her sister Zindziswa Mandela-Hlongwane. "It was a spear that throughout the darkest moments of our struggle she wielded with great courage". "She wanted a South African nation that would heal the divisions of the past and eradicate the inequality and injustice of the present", Ramaphosa said. "She exposed the lie of apartheid". Dlamini Mandela said, "She endured continuous harassment at the hands of Apartheid security police and subjected to torture while in prison". Campbell said, "She was a heroine, of a whole continent, a courageous symbol of resistance for all of us".

"She was one of the most profound leaders of the ANC", said 53-year-old mourner Brian Magqaza.