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A page from a Department of Arts and Culture presentation on the Winnie Mandela museum project A page from a Department of Arts and Culture presentation on the Winnie Mandela museum project
Melinda Barton | 14 April, 2018, 20:58

Tens of thousands of South Africans have filled a stadium in Soweto for the funeral service of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, a heroine of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa but also one of its most controversial figures.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, her relationship with her husband and the patriarchal society, apartheid government, and her legacy were the focus of a high-level panel discussion convened by KayaFM on Thursday evening.

There were loud cheers when the radical Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema paid tribute to Mrs Madikizela-Mandela. "Why didn't you do the same of her male counterparts and remind the world of the many crimes they committed before they were called saints?"

"My mother was one of many women who rose up against a nuclear-armed state to bring us the peace and democracy we enjoy today". She was a lovely woman.

His refusal to acknowledge former president Jacob Zuma was clearly notable.

Mrs Madikizela-Mandela, former wife of Nelson Mandela, died earlier this month at the age of 81.

Few outside of South African knew much about the ANC or Nelson Mandela or Robben Island where he was locked away out of sight.

Winnie's daughters, Zenani Mandela-Dlamini and Zindzi Mandela, and grandson, Zondwa Mandela, are among the speakers at the funeral.

He said they are from a generation that is fortunate to have lived in the time of Madikizela-Mandela.

Over the last week I spoke to scores of distraught South Africans in Soweto township, where Winnie Mandela lived before South Africa attained majority rule, and in Tembisa township.

Noting that while all her actions could not be condoned, the Secretary-General stressed Ms. Madikizela-Mandela's dedication as a strong, fearless woman, who "had to fight patriarchy's definitions of womanhood".

He said: "Faced with the most heinous of racist and discriminatory regimes, she helped lead the way in showing what it takes to overcome such tyranny - strength, defiance and courage". "She fought from beginning to the end".

President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the eulogy before the funeral procession leaves for Fourways Memorial Park for the private burial.

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.

"The pain inflicted on her lives forever even after her death". Sisters and brothers, Winnie Mandela was and will forever remain a force multiplier.

Despite Madikizela-Mandela's long struggle against the white-minority government in South Africa, she was accused of being involved in deadly violence against suspected traitors. In 1977, she was banished to a distant city.

Madikizela-Mandela was convicted of Seipei's kidnapping in 1991 and sentenced to a six-year jail term that was reduced to a fine and suspended sentence on appeal.