Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

South Africa celebrates Winnie Mandela at memorial service

South Africa celebrates Winnie Mandela at memorial service

He said: "She showed women they too can fight if they put their minds to it".

She also received negative publicity for alleged affairs with other men while Mandela was on Robben Island and was also criticised for saying in a 2010 interview that her former husband had "let down" black South Africans.

Numerous women also wore traditional, brightly coloured headscarves, known as "doeks", to honour Madikizela-Mandela - who had made them her signature style. "We came to mourn and at the same time celebrate that we have freedom", said Lucky Tshabalala, 37, a Soweto native and self-employed contractor. I have absolute respect for her because she fought for our freedom.

EFF leader Julius Malema, an admirer of Madikizela-Mandela whose fiery he evokes, said last week she had been prevented from ascending to the presidency of South Africa by misogynists in the ANC.

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She will finally be laid to rest at Fourways Memorial Park, north of Johannesburg.

Deputy President David Mabuza said that many South Africans were left "weeping" after learning of her death.

"Her activism cuts across the distinctions of gender, race and class".

"We all came to celebrate the life of Mama Winnie", said Motswone.

During the decades of imprisonment of her husband, Nelson Mandela, Madikizela-Mandela helped keep the plight of the political leader and the gross injustices of the apartheid system in the global spotlight, her own face and voice becoming synonymous with the anti-apartheid struggle.

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Joburg Theatre will host a special tribute in honour of the Madikizela-Mandela, also on Thursday morning.

Madikizela Mandela died in hospital on 2 April after a long illness.

LEADING THE STRUGGLE-In this April 5, 1986 file photo Winnie Mandela, carries the coffin of activist William Kotoyi at his funeral in Brandfort, South Africa.

Zwane said they spoke about forgiveness and how Jesus fell when he was dragged to the cross.

"I come to Orlando Stadium to work every time there is an event here, including soccer matches". That is how much Mama Winnie meant to her, she said. "People like taking photographs, I print them instantly for them so they walk away with hard copies as happy customers... this is what I do for a living", he said.

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When Madikizela-Mandela asked Zwane to share with her what she preached on Friday at church, Zwane promised her she would do so on Tuesday.

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