Madikizela-Mandela was 'proud, defiant,' wounded

Part of crowd attending Winnie Mandela's burial ceremony at the Orlando Stadium. COURTESY

Ramaphosa, who had been promised to be taken to Marikana by Madikizela-Mandela to formally apologise to the widows of the 34 miners who were killed, said that although she passed on before it could happen, he would honour her wishes. She warned the "hypocrites" who hid the truth and marginalised her mother.

"However, we are happy that after her death truth has been coming out one by one, ' she added". Since apartheid ended in the 1990s, she served in several government roles, including as a member of parliament and leader of the ruling party's women's league. Unable to neutralize her as the voice for Nelson Mandela while he was imprisoned, they sought to drive a wedge between them, chiefly through revealing her infidelities and humiliating both of them.

"I appreciate many things about her". What do we do with them?

The pain we carry in our hearts can not be extinguished says Ramaphosa. They could not silence her. "It's become clear that South Africa, and indeed the world, holds men and women to different standards of morality". Much of what my mother has been constantly asked to account for is simply ignored when it comes to her male counterparts. "In this fight, you were persecuted by the apartheid regime and disowned by your own".

"I'm sorry, Mama, that your organisation delayed in according you its honour, to this point in time and moment".

The Apartheid state developed a sophisticated and brutal infrastructure for our oppression.

British model Naomi Campbell pays tribute at the funeral of struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto, South Africa, Saturday, April 14, 2018. "It was a life of compassion", said the president. The day after she died, the ANC's top six leaders went to her home to pay our condolences to her family. She was not prepared to choose between the two. I encourage women of South Africa to be active and help communities in whatever way we can.

In a eulogy read by Princess Zenani Mandela-Dlamini, the family recounted how the media and the government smeared Mandela's name with countless allegations, robbing her the rightful legacy she deserved as a liberation hero.

She was sacked after allegations of corruption emerged with her name featuring prominently.

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However, he was later forced underground, after being pursued by apartheid authorities.

"She kept the memories of our father alive".

He said he will propose that the ANC National Executive Committee award her with the highest honour of the movement. When we could not be with her, she wrote letters to us.

He conceded that the ANC hasn't been there for her during the tumultuous times.

Ramaphosa says that Winnie's life was dedicated to the African people, and revolved around service to her people.

"This message must be spread; funerals are about celebrating the lives of the people who have departed".

Mourners broke into another liberation song chanting in Xhosa: "this is the Winnie we know". Many women covered their heads as part of a continuation of the #IAmWinnie campaign.

Isithwalandwe, which literally means "the one who wears the plumes of the rare bird" was traditionally bestowed only on the bravest warriors and those who distinguished themselves in the eyes of all the people for exceptional qualities of leadership and heroism. My sister and I are doubly lucky, in that we got to call Winnie Nomzamo Madikizela Mandela our mother and Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela our father. The two of them were our parents. "She was one of us".

"It is hard to accept that she is no longer with us", cried her daughter Zenani Dlamini, "because she was always so strong". "I know that Julius [Malema] will come with me so that we can heal the wounds of those in Marikana", said Ramaphosa. Ramaphossa said South Africa has a painful history which characterizes the current situation in the country with anger. She inspires our actions.

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