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Thousands Gather for Winnie Mandela's Funeral in Johannesburg

15 April, 2018, 00:29 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • A page from a Department of Arts and Culture presentation on the Winnie Mandela museum project

But she touched our wounds all the time. "We allowed human error to clout beauty". "Betrayers, sell-outs! We see you!"

"Ndiyabulela kuwe umongameli yam which is Xhosa for I thank you for my president". Because hers is one of the most unique stories in recent history.

He said the late Madikizela Mandela stood her ground under torture, arrests and forced to live in one place. Campbell said, "She was a heroine, of a whole continent, a courageous symbol of resistance for all of us".

The ANC's current president Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also the country's president, the ANC Women's League, and the UDF were just some of those Malema targeted.

In a moving, yet fiery eulogy, her daughter slammed her mother's critics.

"Like her, you show that we can be handsome, powerful and revolutionary, even as we challenge the lies that have been peddled for so long", she said, referring to her mother being sidelined by the ANC and much of society for her radicalism.

"They sought to denigrate her with bitter and twisted lies, but still she rose". She said Madkizela Mandela showed them lots of love to them. It is little comfort to us that they have come out now. "They are crying the loudest, more than us who died for you", he said, also calling for Cape Town International Airport to be renamed for Madikizela-Mandela.

Soweto provides an important context in the life of Winne Mandela; it is where she lived with Nelson Mandela.

"Over the past week and a half it's become clear that South Africa, and indeed the world, holds men and women to different standards of morality", said Mandela-Dlamini.

As her mother would. And this kind of double standard acts also to obscure the huge contribution of women to the fight for the emancipation of our country from the evil of Apartheid.

"The battle of our freedom was not some polite picnic".

The veteran politician and activist would make a grand return to parliament in 2007 owing to her popularity among the poor black South Africans and the youth and would continue pushing for reforms as disillusionment swept across the majority poor black South Africans. "That statement and those tears have stayed with me since that day", Ramaphosa said. "She protected both from constant assault from apartheid state".

She said those who vilified her mother should not for one moment think that the family would forget that.

It shocked South Africans to learn of the apartheid government's sophisticated misinformation and propaganda operations, known as Stratcom. 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.

She was sacked after allegations of corruption emerged with her name featuring prominently. Her very appearance-regal, confident, and stylish-angered the Apartheid authorities and galvanized the people. Zenani and her sister Zindzi were raised by their mother while their father Nelson Mandela was in jail for 27 years. "Too often we were not there for her as she tried to rise", he said.

"Left alone to fend for herself only caused her more pain". "For those of you whose hearts are unforgiving, sit down and shut up". Most of the women wore doeks. The same people who sold you out?

Dlamini-Mandela accused the media of being complicit in a long "smear campaign" against her mother. Weeks before the boxing fight begins the two fighters pose in public as friends, and after the fight, they are back again hugging each other with broad smiles. Because she was always so strong.

Earlier on Saturday morning, Gauteng premier David Mahura said in his welcoming to the service that the "truth will triumphantly march forward to tell us who" Madikizela-Mandela was. As she said in her lifetime, 'I am the product of the masses of my country and the product of my enemy'. She inspires our actions.


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