Soweto Pays Final Respects To Winnie Mandela

Jesse Jackson: Madikizela-Mandela redefined SA struggle

Jesse Jackson: Madikizela-Mandela redefined SA struggle

The official funeral service for the ex-wife of the late Nelson Mandela took place on Saturday morning in Soweto - the Johannesburg township at the forefront of the battle against apartheid where she lived.

However, the conviction was later overturned with the court handing her a suspended sentence of three years and six months for fraud.

"Ndiyabulela kuwe umongameli yam which is Xhosa for I thank you for my president". "Life is so unfair‚" Malema said.

During his fiery speech, Malema said: "Mama, the widows of Marikana are still in tears". What about those who killed the husbands of Marikana widows for selfish profits? "Immediately is a time for therapeutic as we put Mama Winnie to relaxation".

The funeral closes the final chapter in the history of a woman who was exalted for her fearless defiance of apartheid rule but also implicated in violence and corruption in later life.

The true closeness of her bond with Mama Winnie was revealed at the struggle icon's funeral in Soweto, as Campbell shared how she was welcomed into the Madikizela-Mandela home on numerous occasions.

She further implored Madikizela-Mandela's supporters not to be tempted to discount her father‚ Nelson Mandela‚ and that people should accept that they complimented each other.

"Lengthy earlier than it was trendy to name for Nelson Mandela's launch from Robben Island, it was my mom who saved his reminiscence alive", elder daughter Zenani Mandela-Dlamini mentioned as the group erupted in cheers. "She had a very hard life".

She was born in 1936 in the Eastern Cape - then known as Transkei - and was a trained social worker when she met Nelson Mandela in the 1950s. She bandaged our wounds. "She was an exceptional woman, she was fearless".

The EFF leader commemorated people who stood by Madikizela-Mandela when she was widely vilified.

He said she spoke of her deep desire for unity and the renewal not only of the movement that she loved dearly, but of the nation.

"They robbed my mother of her rightful legacy during her lifetime", she said of Winnie, who she praised for taking on "one of the most powerful and evil regimes of the past century".

"In death, she has brought us all together, from near and far, across many nations and continents, to mourn, to pay homage, to remember and to fondly reminisce".

At the time of Madikizela-Mandela's death, the longtime stalwart of the ruling party was a member of South Africa's parliament.

She expressed her "profound dismay about my mother's public story of the past 25 years".

"Some of those who sold you out to the [apartheid] regime are here and what is amusing is that they're crying the loudest - more than all of us who cared for you". "We will not squander or steal their resources, and that we will serve them diligently and selflessly".

Maya Angelou's poem "Still I Rise" could have easily been written to describe the life of anti-apartheid struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Saturday.

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