Ramaphosa vows to go visit Marikana widows at Madikizela-Mandela's funeral

Hannah Rogers
April 15, 2018

The government dispatched 600 buses which started collecting people around 4:30 a.m.to the stadium where the service took place.

In closing, let me say that when you read popular history about the liberation struggle as it now stands, you can be forgiven for thinking that it was a man's struggle, and a man's triumph.

For many South Africans, the most memorable-image of Madikizela-Mandela is her punching the air in a clenched-fist-salute as she walked hand-in-hand with Mandela out of Victor Verster prison, near Cape Town, on February 11, 1990.

The funeral brought together political foes, the ANC and EFF and the stadium reverberated as they sang in praise of Ma' Winnie, although most EFF supporters left after Malema's speech.

He said he will propose that the ANC National Executive Committee award her with the highest honour of the movement. Ramaphossa said South Africa has a painful history which characterizes the current situation in the country with anger. Madikizela-Mandela denied knowledge of nearly any killings.

President Cyril Ramaphosa apologised to the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and her family for neglecting her and for the ANC's failure to honour her while she was still alive.

Throughout the height of apartheid, she remained at the forefront of the battle, urging others to carry on the fight "to the bitter end" - and she later became known as the "Mother of the Nation".

She also questioned why men in the struggle weren't subjected to the same scrutiny and said "double standards obscure the vast efforts of women" in the struggle. Zukiswa was speaking for the Madikizela family at Orlando stadium during the funeral proceedings.

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"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", he said. It was the kind of "double-standard" that obscured the contribution of women in South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle. "Our sister is proof that we are capable of being revolutionaries." said Zukiswa.

General Thanduxolo Mandela said a word of thanks on behalf of the family. Dalindyebo is a traditional leader from the area where Mandela hails from. The King called on the people to emulate Madikizela Mandela, saying: "More Winnies must rise". Dlamini Mandela is the daughter of Zenani Mandela who was sired by Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela.

Apartheid security agents have gone on the record revealing the extent of their propaganda campaign against Madikizela-Mandela. He continued, "Yet through everything Mama Winnie endured they could not break her, they could not silence her". Only they know why they chose to share the truth with the world after she departed. "She never stopped serving", he said.

I stand here this morning to both mourn my mother and also, like you, to celebrate her life. She said Madkizela Mandela showed them lots of love to them.

As the world received news of their divorce, public opinion was divided with some noting that while Mandela had forgiven his jailers and embraced reconciliation, he could not pardon his wife for being unfaithful while he was in jail for 27 years.

Her daughters Zenani Mandela-Dlamini and Zindzi Mandela each put a bouquet of white flowers on the coffin after it was lowered. She was one of the people. 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. I think their actions are actions of extreme cruelty, because they robbed my mother of her rightful legacy during her lifetime. "Much of what my mother has been constantly asked to account for is simply ignored when it comes to her male counterparts". While Mandela was imprisoned at Robben Island, she became his voice, providing regular updates to followers hungry for every detail.

Thousands of mourners have packed the 40,000-seat Orlando Stadium in Soweto to bid farewell to the powerful figure who will be buried as a national hero, after lively debate over how she should be remembered.

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