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Thousands Of Mourners Bid Winnie Mandela Farewell

14 April 2018

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, an anti-apartheid activist from her volition, was born on September 26, 1936 in Bizana in the Transkei (Eastern Cape) and died on April 2 aged 81.

"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". Malema was smiling broadly as he said this. He said they must all account for what happened at Marikana. What do I tell them? What do we do with them? The EFF leader brought the entire stadium (and internet) to a standstill as he delivered his tribute to Mama Winnie.

Malema did not name Ramaphosa in his speech, but Ramaphosa was a non-executive director for the mining company Lonmin at the time of the strike and called for "concomitant action" to be taken against the miners in an e-mail to then minister of police Nathi Mthethwa and then minister of mineral resources, Susan Shabangu.

Madikizela-Mandela's legacy, however, was later tarnished.

South Africans on Saturday, April 14, stepped out to pay their last tribute to wife of their former president Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

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"[Eldest daughter] Zenani Mandela, reflecting on her mother's life and overcome by emotion, said, "My mother suffered".

"She made a choice to raise two families, hers and the beloved country", Mandela-Dlamini said.

"Then she burst into tears".

For years, she was routinely harassed by apartheid-state safety forces, imprisoned and tortured.

"She bandaged our wounds".

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"As we bid her farewell, we are forced to admit that too often as she rose, she rose alone".

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. When Madikizela-Mandela returned from exile she became involved with a group of young men known as the Mandela United Football Club, who were widely blamed for violence in Soweto.

An MK Military Veterans Association member who asked to remain anonymous said: "Apart from her being an icon, she was also the MKMVA zone 11 Johannesburg region ex-official".

"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. "She spoke of many thoughts she had about how the revolutionary ideals and morality of her movement should be restored and not be undermined by corruption and self-enrichment".

He said there a number of things that Madikizela-Mandela wanted the country to achieve and "some of these had happened‚ others are still in the works".

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Thousands Of Mourners Bid Winnie Mandela Farewell