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Soweto Pays Final Respects To Winnie Mandela

Soweto Pays Final Respects To Winnie Mandela

A memorial service for South Africa's freedom fighter, the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, will be held Friday at the Nairobi Baptist Church.

Most donned in ANC regalia.

"'Mam' Winnie contributed a lot to our struggle so it's befitting that we are here today. And it was not just a struggle to wage in corridors of power but through people power at the grassroots", she said.

Thousands of mourners flocked South Africa's sprawling Soweto township, a centre of anti-apartheid resistance, to pay tribute to one of the anti-white minority rule crusaders. But her legacy was later tarnished.

"In life and death you remain unbreakable", David Mabuza, South Africa's Deputy President said at the memorial service.

Another spear has fallen in the passing of political activist and struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. She never stopped fighting‚ so because of that we are grateful.




As well as numerous ministers, religious leaders and family members, George Bizos, an anti-apartheid icon who was close friends with Nelson Mandela, also attended.

She was the ex-wife of the late Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president.

Mananki Joyce Seipei, the mother of a boy whose kidnapping Winnie was convicted of in 1991, was reportedly encouraged by the ANC to attend Wednesday's event. "In death there is unity", she said.

"She was very generous".

ANC Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte told Winnie's critics to "sit down and shut up" during her speech to the crowd.

Actresses, Nomzamo Mbatha and Thuso Mbedu paid homage to Madikizela-Mandela with theatrical performances which saw Mbatha give riveting visual and theatrical expressions of Mama Winnie while Mbedu gave an outstanding portrayal of a young Zenani Mandela. The Mandelas separated in 1992 and divorced four years later.


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