Culture shock for Brazilian photographer attending Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's memorial
15 April, 2018, 01:00
Tens of thousands of mourners came out in loud cheers as the casket carrying Winnie Mandela's remains was wheeled into the stadium less than two kilometres from her home.
ANC chairperson Gwede Mantashe told those gathered at Orlando Stadium on Saturday that funerals are to celebrate and mourn and not to fight political battles.
Madikizela-Mandela died this month in a Johannesburg hospital after a long illness. The debates, and complexities of the struggle icon are set to continue.
Thousands who sang and cheered as the funeral procession made its way out of the stadium followed it through the streets of Soweto, with some crying as they escorted their beloved "mother of the nation" to her final resting place.
"It is hard to accept that she is no longer with us", cried her daughter Zenani Dlamini, "because she was always so strong".
As her mother would.
His refusal to acknowledge former president Jacob Zuma was clearly notable.
Millions of South Africans said an emotional goodbye to anti-apartheid icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on Saturday during her official funeral, with supporters fiercely defending her complex legacy.
Since her death April 2 at 81, many South Africans have fiercely stood up for Madikizela-Mandela's memory against critics who have characterized her as a problematic figure who was implicated in political violence after she returned from years of banishment in a rural town.
Apartheid security agents have gone on the record revealing the extent of their propaganda campaign against Madikizela-Mandela.
During his fiery address, Malema questioned several aspects of the ANC government.
Mourners raise their hands to salute Madikizela Mandela after her funeral service
Even though she struggled for democracy, Madikizela-Mandela floundered at a political vocation after the first absolutely free elections in 1994. Madikizela-Mandela's contribution to the struggle must be honoured as we rediscover her history, she added. We see you in your attractive suits!
"From apartheid South Africa, the combo of patriarchy and racism together meant that black girls confronted enormous obstacles from the cradle to the tomb, which makes her own achievements even more exceptional", United Nations secretarygeneral Antonio Guterres said Friday in a museum at nycrather than citing Nelson Mandela in any way.
"Praising her now shows us what hypocrites you are!"
"I'm sorry mama that your organisation delayed you in according you its honour". He said her wounds were not completely healed.
"As we bid her farewell we are forced to admit that as Mama Winnie rose, she rose alone".
Ramaphosa described her as "an advocate for the dispossessed and the marginalized" and "a voice for the voiceless".
Her daughters Zenani Mandela-Dlamini and Zindzi Mandela each put a bouquet of white flowers on the coffin after it was lowered. "Zenani's tears revealed Mama Winnie's wounds".
She saw for herself the deliberate intent of the apartheid rulers to impoverish the people of this country. "It was a life of compassion", said the president. She was the eyes and ears of the world during those dark days.
"She was an African woman whose words defied the lie of apartheid", Ramaphosa said. "She protected both from constant assault from apartheid state". Dlamini Mandela said, "She endured continuous harassment at the hands of Apartheid security police and subjected to torture while in prison".
President Cyril Ramaphosa is sitting next to the two daughters of Madikizela-Mandela and Nelson Mandela.
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