Joburg Theatre honours Winnie Madikizela-Mandela


The family of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has arrived at Orlando Stadium for the memorial service of the struggle icon.

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Soweto on Friday to see the funeral procession of Winnie Mandela ahead of her final send-off this weekend.

The late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's coffin is carried into her home in Orlando West, Soweto. She was surrounded by her family at the time of her death.

A 10-day period of mourning which was declared by President Cyril Ramaphosa will also draw to a close Saturday evening after the mother of the nation is laid to rest at the Fourways Memorial Cemetery in the commercial capital of South Africa.

Deputy President David Mabuza said that many South Africans were left "weeping" after learning of her death.

He described his grandmother as "an extraordinary woman, a mother, a soldier, a fighter". "By the pain she took‚ we are healed‚" said Jackson.

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

This is in the same location where the 1976 student uprising resulted in massacres of children resulting in the world-known Hector Peterson Memorial that also cements her monumental struggle history.

They sat alongside at least 100 VIP delegates, including Mandela's third wife, Graca Machel, on a black stage decorated with bright yellow and white flowers and flanked by two big screens.

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

ANC deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte told critics of Winnie Mandela to "sit down and shut up" during her speech to the crowd.

Winnie Mandela often criticised the ANC, but she had expressed support for the current leadership of the party, which her husband led to power in the euphoric post-apartheid elections of 1994. The position she found herself in towards the end of the apartheid era was one of relentless and ultimately destructive pressure, on the one hand, the torchbearer for Nelson Mandela during his long imprisonment and under intense media scrutiny, on the other; a leader in underground structures of the ANC and the subject of continuous security and police harassment.