Mourners sing and dance during the official funeral ceremony of late Anti-apartheid icon Winnie Madizikela-Mandela at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto on April 14, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The debates, and complexities of the struggle icon are set to continue.
She also questioned why men in the struggle weren't subjected to the same scrutiny and said "double standards obscure the huge efforts of women" in the struggle.
"In a way we feel orphaned but their legacy lives on", said the gym worker who had taken time off to visit Winnie Mandela's home. Dlamini struggled to speak before giving a moving speech honouring the example her mother set for women.
Also present at the service were South Africa's former presidents Thabo Mbeki... She was reported dead after in a hospital in Johannesburg after a long illness. Praising her now in her death show how hypocritical we are as a nation.
Apartheid security agents have gone on the record revealing the extent of their propaganda campaign against Madikizela-Mandela.
Winnie Mandela was a victorious fighter, and so are those she defeated. She also faced heavy criticism for her infidelity while married to former President Nelson Mandela, which her daughter said would have been ignored were she a man. What do I tell them; what about those who killed their husbands for selfish gains? "She cherished freedom as much as she treasured family".
For many South Africans, the most memorable image of Madikizela-Mandela is of her punching the air in a clenched-fist salute as she walked hand-in-hand with Mandela out of Victor Verster prison, near Cape Town, on February 11, 1990. Across the land we were submerged in a series of memorial services for the woman that is affectionately known as Mama Winnie - Mother of the Nation.
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"All those who resigned from the NEC of the women's league because they said they can't be led by a criminal they are here playing all important roles at your funeral, can we trust them or should we treat them with suspicion cde Winnie?". We salute you Sir. When we were with her, she did not even have to say anything: her love for us was written on her face.
"You said we must go back to the ANC".
"As we bid her farewell we are forced to admit that as Mama Winnie rose, she rose alone". When we could not be with her, she wrote letters to us. "Only they know why they chose to share the truth with the world after she departed", Mrs Mandela-Dlamini said. "It was a life of compassion", said the president.
"In apartheid South Africa, the combination of patriarchy and racism together meant that black women confronted enormous obstacles from the cradle to the grave - making her own achievements all the more exceptional", he said Friday at a memorial in NY, not mentioning Nelson Mandela at all.
Ramaphosa said she defied apartheid ideology and male superiority. Those who notice such things would have realized that her 2013 book, 491 Days-which tells the story of the brutality she experienced at the hands of the Apartheid state, the depths of her despair and her extraordinary resilience and defiance under extreme pressure-was already an invitation for a deep re-evaluation of her life. While the pain she endured during the years could not be forgiven, she did not allow it to break her spirit and humanity.
Friends, as well as erstwhile foes, came together to testify, not to the absence of frailty in Mama Winnie's character, but to a certain gravitas, a passionate commitment and courage to face up with the big issues of the time, thus bending the arc of history forever.