Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's will be laid to rest on Saturday

Soweto: Boos for Mbeki at Winnie Mandela funeral

"It is so disappointing to see how they withheld their words during my mother's lifetime, knowing very well what they would have meant to her", said Mandela-Dlamini.

"We know that there are some journalists who are taking bribes to write lies about Mama Winnie", said Duarte.

She also questioned why men in the struggle weren't subjected to the same scrutiny, and said, "double standards obscure the vast efforts of women" in the struggle.

And even though he lauded President Cyril Ramaphosa at the start of his address, Malema later hit out at him, without mentioning his name, over the killing of striking mineworkers in the North West's Marikana tragedy in 2012.

Jessie Duarte, a National Executive Committee member of the African National Congress has accused some in the media of allegedly taking bribes to tarnish the image of the late struggle icon, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

"Ever since our mother departed this world our hearts have been heavy".

Duarte described Madikizela-Mandela as a caring mother who suffered more than anyone could have imagined when she was incarcerated and exiled by the apartheid regime.

A close friend, Mrs Mokgobo, spoke about how Mama Winnie had impacted her life and those of black social workers in the country. "She fought because the fight against apartheid was not some polite picnic at which you showed up in your best behaviour", she said.

A trade unionist in Africa, Comrade Issa Aremu, has urged African leaders to immortalise the late Winnie Madikizela Mandela, and sustain the legacies of the antiapartheid freedom fighter.

The labour leader urged trade unionists especially female unionists in Africa to "learn from the leadership example of Mama Winnie Madikizela Mandela", adding that as a stateswoman, "she was labour friendly, a working class stalwart who favoured minimum wage and decent work for the workers".

"In the face of danger they sacrificed..."

"She combined rare multiple roles of a woman: a mother, grandmother, freedom fighter, party organiser and a parliamentarian among others".

April 14, 2018 - The Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg - packed to capacity on Saturday for the funeral of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.



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