Soweto Pays Final Respects To Winnie Mandela

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However, the tribute from the EFF's commander in chief Julius Malema, drew some of the loudest applause from the crowd.

The casket was also draped with an ANC flag.

"Some of those who sold you out to the regime are here".

As the curtains fall for a woman who was demonised by both the apartheid regime and the new administration led by her ex-husband, South Africans are outraged at how the Mother of the Nation was betrayed.

Responding to Malema, the president said, "The wounds you are talking about are real wounds but today is the time to heal those wounds".

His refusal to acknowledge former president Jacob Zuma was clearly notable. Her supporters have continued to correct claims that she was responsible for the 1989 death of Stompie Seipei. Without the distortions.' It is not two years since I uttered those words and already they're coming true. It is little comfort to us that they have come out now. "Give us a sign Mama". "Our sister is proof that we are capable of being revolutionaries." said Zukiswa.

"Like her, you show that we can be attractive, powerful and revolutionary, even as we challenge the lies that have been peddled for so long", she said, referring to her mother being sidelined by the ANC and much of society for her radicalism.

He acknowledged that the stalwart had wished to see him return to the 106-year-old liberation movement, but said he had pleaded his case as to why he and members of his party couldn't do so. We salute you Sir. "It is important to honour her and continue the fight". In 1993 she was elected president of African Nationa Congress (ANC).

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Winnie Madikizela- Mandela was preparing to take President Cyril Ramaphosa back to Marikana to meet the widows of the massacred. Speaking on Madikizela-Mandela's sustained activism while many ANC members were in prison or in exile, he said, "She felt compelled to pick up a spear that had fallen".

"As we bid her farewell we are forced to admit that as Mama Winnie rose, she rose alone". The pain you inflicted on her lives on in us. "'That statement and those tears have stayed with me since that day", Ramaphosa said.

Instead she remained embedded in the community where she met Nelson Mandela at a bus stop in 1957.

"She left all of us with mixed emotions: we feel orphaned, we feel offended, but at the same time we feel affirmed", he said while welcoming mourners to the official state funeral service.

"She bore witness to our suffering". When we were with her, she did not even have to say anything: her love for us was written on her face.

He reiterated his commitment to seek atonement and begin the healing process in the aftermath of the Marikana masacre, saying he would visit the widows of the murdered Marikana miners with Malema.

Praising her now that she's gone shows what hypocrites you are. We were still supposed to do a lot of things together.

"At your 80th birthday, you said you'd take me and Juju to Marikana to meet the widows. As a nation and a continent we also have a chance to be handsome and stand for that which is true to humanity", she said.

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