State Theatre to honour Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela Mandela will be buried at Fourways Memorial Park in Craigavon on Saturday 14 April

On Saturday, her funeral takes place at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto, where after she will be laid to rest.

A statement released by the foundation following her death read, "Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's passing away is a hard blow for the foundation".

The death of Madikizela-Mandela, often called the "Mother of the Nation", has triggered widespread soul-searching in South Africa over the legacy of one of the nation's most important fighters against racial discrimination, yet who was dogged by scandal.

The late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's coffin is carried into her home in Orlando West, Soweto.

"The mother of the nation is gone".

He said: "I think we are more infiltrated today because we are dealing with our own".

The keynote address at today's memorial is being delivered by David Mabuza, South Africa's deputy president.

Former president Nelson Mandla's grandson, Mandla, was present along with Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and anti-apartheid icon Advocate George Bizos, a close friend of Nelson Mandela. 'Fighting patriarchy means celebrating her life, ' she said.

Nelson Mandela with Winnie Madikizela -Mandela on their wedding day.

That she helped fight for peace in this country and did so much.

Dundee ANC Women's League also held a memorial service yesterday at the McKenzie Hall remembering Mam'Winnie.

Brutality of the apartheid state The firebrand activist died in Johannesburg's Milpark Hospital on April 2.

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) party's Women's League, which Winnie Mandela once led, staged a mass march to her home on Wednesday.

Her activism and resistance to white minority rule, known as apartheid landed her in jail on numerous occasions. The audience at Madikizela-Mandela's memorial were treated to performances by The Soil, Judith Sephuma, Tsepo Tshola, Lira and Cassper Nyovest amongst many others.

A video clip is circulating of the late struggle icon in which she mentions particular journalists of "doing the work of" the Apartheid security establishment including STRATCOM.

"For 27 years he was in the dark and Winnie kept the Mandela name alive".

Her grandchildren described her as the best grandmother in the world. Click any of these buttons below!

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