Model Naomi Campbell addressed the thousands of attendees at the funeral for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto today, 14 April. The crowd, which included former presidents Jacob Zuma, Kgalema Motlanthe and Thabo Mbeki, roared in approval. Women, men, and young people expressed their love and admiration for her, saying she was "a fearless fighter, and leader in her own right, not just Mandela's former wife".
"Mandela did go to prison, and he went in there as a burning young revolutionary, but look what came out", she said.
But she was later shunned by the political elite for endorsing punishment killings for government informers. There was a death in the area and the police wanted to stop the funeral but she came, picked up the coffin and pulled it along alone.
"Winnie Mandela meant a lot to me, she was an inspiration to the nation and the whole of Africa". Relatives carry the casket containing the body of the late Winnie Mandela at her house in Soweto in Johannesburg on April 13, 2018. He apologised for only belatedly recognising her contribution. I say "fight" because the battle for our freedom was not some polite picnic at which you arrived armed with your best behaviour. "As president, I will propose that we award you the highest order of our movement, you richly deserve to be awarded", Mr Ramaphosa said.
"It is hard to accept that she is no longer with us", cried her daughter Zenani Dlamini, "because she was always so strong". For nearly three decades of that time, they were separated by Mr Mandela's long imprisonment. What do we do with them?
He also said that Cape Town International Airport should be named after her.
She too was jailed for her role in opposing white minority rule.
As evidence emerged in the dying years of apartheid of the brutality of her Soweto enforcers, known as the "Mandela United Football Club", some South Africans questioned her "Mother of the Nation" soubriquet.
He said they are from a generation that is fortunate to have lived in the time of Madikizela-Mandela. Others wore T-shirts emblazoned with an image of her. Like her, you showed that we can be lovely, powerful and revolutionary - even as we challenge the lies that have been peddled for so long.
"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.
For example, student activist and master's student, Busisiwe Seabe believed that if it wasn't for Madikizela-Mandela's efforts to keep the memory of Nelson Mandela alive, to "humanise and verify" him, "after 27 years people could've forgotten about him, but she had been doing the work across the globe to keep his memory alive".
"In apartheid South Africa, the mixture of patriarchy and racism collectively meant that black ladies confronted monumental obstacles from the cradle to the grave, making her personal achievements all of the extra distinctive", U.N. Secretary-Common Antonio Guterres mentioned Friday at a memorial in NY, not mentioning Nelson Mandela in any respect. The women of South Africa kept the struggle firmly on the worldwide agenda.
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