Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, 'Mother of the Nation,' Mourned at Southafrica

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, 'Mother of the Nation,' Mourned at Southafrica

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, 'Mother of the Nation,' Mourned at Southafrica

Madikizela-Mandela died this month in a Johannesburg hospital after a long illness.

Her casket was draped with the multi-colored South African flag and placed in the middle of the 37,500-seater stadium in front of a stage, decked in white and yellow flowers.

Mourners dressed in the colours of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), as well those of the radical opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), sang "there's no one like Winnie", an adapted popular liberation struggle song.

His burial on Saturday at a ceremony attended by dignitaries marked the end of 10 days of national mourning in honor of "Mother of the Nation". "She never stopped serving", he told reporters.

"Mama never depended on anyone but the members of the MKMVA zone 11 her zone for close protection, because she did not believe in getting an outsider to protect her".

"In apartheid South Africa, the combination of patriarchy and racism together meant that black women confronted enormous obstacles from the cradle to the grave - making her own achievements all the more exceptional", he said Friday at a memorial in NY, not mentioning Nelson Mandela at all. Mourners booed when the presence of scandal-tainted Zuma was publicly acknowledged. "She never stopped serving", civil rights leader Jesse Jackson said Friday.

The 59-year old told mourners that the government and the media had smeared lies against her mother through extreme cruelty that robbed her rightful legacy.

Typically referred to as the "Mom of the Nation" and "Mama Winnie", Madikizela-Mandela fought to maintain South Africa's anti-apartheid wrestle within the worldwide highlight whereas her husband, Nelson Mandela, was imprisoned.

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Addressing funeral attendees at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Malema told ANC leaders it was amusing that her ANC and UDF "sellouts" unashamedly attended the funeral and were crying the loudest for her now that she was dead. "She was an exceptional woman, she was fearless".

"I appreciate many things about her".

The United Nations staged a special memorial sitting at its NY headquarters on Friday to mark her passing.

The struggle hero's daughter expressed her gratitude to the young women who stood up under the banner of the #IAmWinnie movement and "took a stand of in deep solidarity" with Madikizela-Mandela against the negative narrative that had become her public story.

In 1991, a court found Ms Madikizela-Mandela guilty of the boy's kidnapping and assault and sentenced her to six years in jail.

Winnie Mandela is celebrated for holding together Nelson Mandela's shared dream for an anti-apartheid South Africa.

On Saturday, a 21-gun salute will be fired and a full honour guard is expected to escort Winnie's remains to her final resting place.

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