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South Africans gather to pay tribute to Madikizela-Mandela

South Africans gather to pay tribute to Madikizela-Mandela South Africans gather to pay tribute to Madikizela-Mandela
Melinda Barton | 12 April, 2018, 03:11

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

My white friends usually put up with me and roll their eyes as they smile and say: 'you really like her‚ hey?' But a lot of that changed this week when suddenly the silent nods made way for messages like‚ "she is a witch" and "Finally!"

Former wife of the late South African President Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela, waves as she attends the 54th ANC National Conference at the NASREC Expo Centre in Johannesburg.

Wednesday's somber memorial in Johannesburg was the culmination of at least a dozen memorials held across the nation since her April 2 death.

He said Madikizela-Mandela was the embodiment of the saying, "behind every great man there is an even greater woman". Afterwards I immersed myself in books and documentaries about her. "The Mandela name we revere today was kept alive by her through the most hard times". She was the Mother that is "now with God".

Madikizela-Mandela was married to Nelson Mandela for 38 years, including the 27 years he was imprisoned on an island near Cape Town.

"She really fought for our rights".

"Even at the darkest moments of our struggle for liberation, Mam' Winnie was an abiding symbol of the desire of our people to be free", Ramaphosa said in a statement.

Her grandchildren described her as the best grandmother in the world.

Bishop Gary Davis who opened the memorial service expressed what Madikizela-Mandela meant.

THOUSANDS OF South Africans have come together to remember Winnie Madikizela-Mandela today (April 11). "She was also our mother", she added.

Winnie Mandela was found guilty of kidnapping Stompie Moeketsi, a 14-year-old boy who was then beaten to death by her bodyguards in her home in 1988.

Deputy President Mabuza has extended an invitation to all the leaders of the political parties to join hands in ensuring a pleasant and befitting send off for Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

During the decades of imprisonment of her husband Nelson Mandela, Madikizela-Mandela helped keep the plight of the jailed 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.

South African High Commissioner in Wellington Vuyiswa Tulelo said the death was sad not only for South Africans, but all those who stood against Apartheid. Click any of these buttons below!