Winnie Mandela laid to rest in state funeral

Winnie Mandela laid to rest in state funeral

The deceased who was fondly called Mama Winnie also fought to keep South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle in the global spotlight while her late husband, Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.

He immediately announced that the ANC would consider bestowing on the struggle icon its highest award, Isithwalandwe Seaparankoe, an honour reserved for those who have made an outstanding contribution and sacrifice to the liberation struggle.

"I'm sorry, Mama, that your organisation delayed in according you its honour, to this point in time and moment. Just as Mam' (mother) Winnie has united us in sorrow, let us honor her memory by uniting in common goal", said Ramaphosa.

As mourners said a final goodbye to the late civil rights activists a military procession escorted her coffin out of the stadium in the city.

"Mama Winnie and her spirit must be with us all the time".

Madikizela-Mandela was laid to rest at the Fourways Memorial Park Cemetery in Johannesburg.

Ramaphosa described her as "an advocate for the dispossessed and the marginalized" and "a voice for the voiceless".

ANC Women's League President Bathabile Dlamini used her speech to call on government to honour Madikizela-Mandela by declaring a day dedicated to her.

Madikizela-Mandela was honoured with a State burial on Saturday that saw world leaders congregate to pay their last respect to the social worker who later became the face of resistance against apartheid.

"She spoke of her deep desire for unity and the renewal not only of the movement that she loved dearly, but also of the nation".

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The film was aired on local television channels and in public screenings in part as a response to the unflattering coverage Madikizela-Mandela's legacy received in the immediate aftermath of her death.

However, the couple separated just two years later, and divorced in 1996.

In 1991, she was convicted of kidnapping and assault over the killing of a 14-year-old boy, who was suspected of being a traitor.

"Long before it was fashionable to call for Nelson Mandela's release from Robben Island, it was my mother who kept his memory alive", Zenani Mandela-Dlamini said as the audience packing a 40,000-seat stadium erupted in cheers.

Also present at the service were South Africa's former presidents Thabo Mbeki... "She never stopped serving", he told reporters.

The ANC has launched walls of remembrance to celebrate her life, led by its secretary general, Ace Magashule and the artistic painting will be done all around the country. She was a true inspiration for all the people in the world. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said her death unified people across political divide and beyond the country's borders. Apartheid authorities sought to denigrate her with bitter and twisted lies, but still she rose. "It is important to honour her and continue the fight". The same people who sold you out?

Zukiswa Madikizela, one of Madikizela-Mandela's three sisters, paid tribute on behalf of the Madikizela family.

"Your daughter got married to be on her own but she managed to overcome all the pain and suffering to a point where your name is a legendary status".

Even though she struggled for democracy, Madikizela-Mandela floundered at a political vocation after the first absolutely free elections in 1994.

After family rituals in the morning Madikizela Mandela's body was taken to the stadium draped in the national flag.

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