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Praising Winnie in her death is hypocritical , family tells SA government

A screengrab from a Huff Post South Africa interview with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Praising Winnie in her death is hypocritical , family tells SA government
Lisa Bryan | 14 April, 2018, 21:29

The messages, visitations and above all the testimonies about Winnie Mandela.

Foreign dignitaries at the funeral include the leaders of Namibia, Swaziland and the Republic of Congo, as well as American civil rights activist Jesse Jackson and global supermodel Naomi Campbell.

"Proud, defiant, articulate, she exposed the lie of apartheid", President Cyril Ramaphosa said before a packed stadium at the official funeral, the highest-level one the country affords to a non-head of state.

The couple ended the 38 years of marriage in 1996 after which she adopted the surname "Madikizela-Mandela".

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called her an "international symbol of resistance" whose extraordinary life had an impact on millions of people around the world. "Like numerous great leaders of her generation she understood that the suffering she endured defined society", he said. "She taught us not to be limited in our thoughts", said Campbell.

Supporters in the ANC have loudly defended her. She never stopped fighting‚ so because of that we are grateful. "She was our conscience".

Madikizela-Mandela, the former wife of the late Nelson Mandela, died on April 2 in a Johannesburg hospital after a long illness.

Supermodel Naomi Campbell has shared close relationships with both Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and husband Nelson Mandela since the early 1990s. "She was able to provide warmth to her family as a protective mother and grandmother", Ngueso said at the struggle icon's funeral at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg. "She represents a fighting spirit because even though she lived through the apartheid era, she never gave up", 20-year old college student Gift Mokale said. "The contest has been shrill and depressing in equal measure", wrote Palesa Morudu, a publisher and writer, last week.


"You said we must go back to the ANC".

"I am here Mama to express my condolences to your biological children whom I know, and the rest of Madikizela and Mandela family".

For many South Africans, the most memorable image of Madikizela-Mandela is 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. Her courage and defiance brought her a huge personal following. "She kept my father's memory in people's hearts".

In 1991, she was convicted for kidnapping and being an accessory in the assault of a 14-year-old boy and was more generally accused of overseeing violence in black townships.

There were loud cheers when the radical Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema paid tribute to Mrs Madikizela-Mandela.

The end of apartheid marked the start of a string of legal and political troubles. While Mandela was imprisoned at Robben Island, she became his voice, providing regular updates to followers hungry for every detail. "And it was those in power who, insecure and fearful, visited upon her the most vindictive and callous retribution".

She challenged President Thabo Mbeki over harmful HIV policies and in 2008 she took up the cause of immigrants under attack in widespread riots.

A black hearse carrying the body of Mandela, one of the most divisive figures in the anti-apartheid struggle, slowly drove to her house led by uniformed men bearing the flag of her African National Congress (ANC) party.

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