Winnie Mandela laid to rest

15 April, 2018, 00:56 | Author: Bert Pena
  • File Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson says the ANC honoured Winnie Madikizela Mandela more in death than life

Ramaphosa said, "We must continue to touch Mama's wounds, acknowledge her huge pain and torment, and pass on the stories of her suffering to future generations so that it may always be known that Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was a giant, a pathfinder, a soldier, a healer, a champion of people's struggles and forever the Mother of the Nation".

He immediately announced that the ANC would consider bestowing on the struggle icon its highest award, Isithwalandwe Seaparankoe, an honour reserved for those who have made an outstanding contribution and sacrifice to the liberation struggle.

"I'm sorry mama that your organisation delayed you in according you its honour". She warned the "hypocrites" who hid the truth and marginalised her mother.

As the curtains fall for a woman who was demonised by both the apartheid regime and the new administration led by her ex-husband, South Africans are outraged at how the Mother of the Nation was betrayed.

Mourners sang and cheered as Madikizela-Mandela's body was brought into the Orlando stadium where the funeral service was taking place. "That statement and those tears have stayed with me since that day", Ramaphosa said.

ANC Women's League President Bathabile Dlamini used her speech to call on government to honour Madikizela-Mandela by declaring a day dedicated to her.

"You taught young women across the nation that they are just as capable, if not more capable, of standing shoulder to shoulder with men and being totally unapologetic about it", Mabuza said.

"She confronted gun-carrying white men who were sworn killers of the apartheid defence force throughout the long years of the state of emergency in the 1980s". I truly believe that it is worth repeating that long before it was fashionable to call for Nelson Mandela's release from Robben Island, it was my mother who kept his memory alive.

South Africa's former Presidents Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe and Jacob Zuma also attended the burial. Even though I didn't know her in person, we love our mother.

The elder daughter of anti-apartheid icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has passionately defended her mother's legacy against detractors during her official funeral.

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"Mama Winnie's life was about service, service to her people".

The coffin, which was draped in a South African flag, was met by crowds who gathered on the streets ahead of the service to say a final farewell to the late Member of South African Parliament.

"Yet, throughout, she endured. The same one who sold you out", asked Malema.

The documentary, however, lacks balance because its ultimate aim is to clear Madikizela-Mandela's name.

She was the ex-wife of the late Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president.

As leaders from across the globe paid glowing tribute to Winnie Mandela, the family sought to come clean, accusing the government and the media of being hypocritical in their praises for the fallen hero.

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Malema, who sat with Madikizela-Mandela's family and other dignitaries, responded to Ramaphosa with a smile.

"We must continue to touch Ma Winnie's wounds and acknowledge her pain and pass on the story of her suffering so that it may always be known that Ma Winnie was a giant, a pathfinder and a healer".

As soon as speeches drew to a close, stormy clouds formed over the stadium, followed moments after by heavy rains that drenched mourners and the funeral procession as it drove out to a cemetery 40 kilometres away.

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