The late Winnie Mandela's burial underway in Johannesburg

The late Winnie Mandela's burial underway in Johannesburg

The late Winnie Mandela's burial underway in Johannesburg

Senior military officials carrying the coffin of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela into Orlando Stadium in Soweto for a funeral ceremony on April 14, 2018.

After Mandela was imprisoned, Madikizela-Mandela embraced her own leadership in the freedom struggle with steely determination and at great personal sacrifice.

Her remains, in the casket draped with the multi-coloured South African flag, was placed in the middle of the 37,500-seater stadium in front of a stage, decked in white and yellow flowers.

Winnie Mandela, who died in Johannesburg on April 2 after a long illness, has been celebrated for helping keep Nelson Mandela's dream of a non-racial South Africa alive while he was behind bars for 27 years.

He went on to lambast those members of the liberation movement who turned their back on Madikizela-Mandela during some of the darkest periods of her life and praised the individuals and organisations that stood by her.

Some ANC members started attempts to drown out Malema by booing and singing, but he continued and called on Soweto residents to never forget her name. "It is important to honour her and continue the fight".

Also present at the service were South Africa's former presidents Thabo Mbeki... Mourners booed when the presence of scandal-tainted Zuma was publicly acknowledged. Dignitaries also included Presidents of the Republic of Congo and Namibia, as well as civil rights leaders from around the world, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

Outside Africa, she was known largely because of her one-time husband, but in South Africa she was the mouthpiece and face of the bitter struggle against the racist regime.

Zezani was almost born in prison, as Winnie Mandela was arrested close to her birth in 1959 and when she was four her father was sent to prison, where he would stay for the next 27 years.


Often called the "Mother of the Nation" and "Mama Winnie", Ms Madikizela-Mandela fought to keep South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle in the worldwide spotlight while her husband, Nelson Mandela, was imprisoned.

Addressing funeral attendees at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Malema told ANC leaders it was amusing that her ANC and UDF "sellouts" unashamedly attended the funeral and were crying the loudest for her now that she was dead.

Ramaphosa likened her to the women in the biblical tale who tended to Jesus's tomb after the men ran away, only to return when it was safe again and then relegating women to a supporting role again.

"I appreciate many things about her".

In 2003, she was found guilty of fraud.

The United Nations staged a special memorial sitting at its NY headquarters on Friday to mark her passing.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is sitting next to the two daughters of Madikizela-Mandela and Nelson Mandela.

Winnie who was referred to as the anti-apartheid icon was honored at Orlando stadium in Soweto, South Africa.

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