'Winnie!' South Africa bids farewell to Madikizela-Mandela

'Winnie!' South Africa bids farewell to Madikizela-Mandela

'Winnie!' South Africa bids farewell to Madikizela-Mandela

"Her's is a unique story in history, we have appreciated what she meant for the World but we want to let you know that my mother despite all the lies smeared against her was ready to challenge the lies but time did not allow", she said.

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.

Concise News gathered that a full state honours was held on Saturday for the anti-apartheid icon at a stadium funeral in Soweto.

Earlier on Saturday morning, Gauteng premier David Mahura said in his welcoming to the service that the "truth will triumphantly march forward to tell us who" Madikizela-Mandela was.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga and his wife Ida flew to South Africa on Friday to attend Winnie's funeral.

"She never stopped fighting".

Thousands of mourners have packed a 40,000-seat stadium to bid farewell to the powerful figure who will be buried as a national hero, after lively debate over how she should be remembered.

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She struggled with a cough through the first part of her speech, with her daughter Swati Dlamini-Mandela, who also delivered Madikizela-Mandela's obituary, taking over and reading the first few paragraphs in which Mandela expressed her gratitude to the outpouring of commiserations the family received.

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They were accused of the disappearances and killings of at least 18 boys and young men and the group's leader was convicted of killing a 14-year-old boy, nicknamed "Stompie", who was accused of being a police informer. Though she fought fiercely for democracy, Madikizela-Mandela floundered in a political career after the first free elections in 1994.

Also present at the service were South Africa's former presidents Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma, as well as foreign dignitaries from Kenya, Namibia, and Lesotho.

Winnie would later be reprieved after a court overturned her theft conviction but gave her a suspended sentence of three years and six months for fraud.

Following Makhura was a friend of Madikizela-Mandela only identified as Mrs Mokgobo.

Mr Mandela divorced her in 1996, claiming infidelity and saying that after his release from prison, his wife made him "the loneliest man".

Her daughter, Zenani Mandela-Dlamini, was among the speakers at the funeral. "Praising her now that she's gone shows what hypocrites you are".

"She bore witness to our struggling".

Tembisa resident Simphiwe Nzekeni said: "We are here for mama, there is a lot she has done for us and the struggle will still continue".

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