Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Ramaphosa: 'Winnie Madikizela-Mandela lived for the African people'

Ramaphosa: 'Winnie Madikizela-Mandela lived for the African people'

Ramaphosa said he would propose to the ANC's national executive committee that Madikizela-Mandela be given the ANC's highest honour of Isitwalandwe/Seaparankwe, which is given to those who have made an outstanding contribution and sacrifice to the liberation struggle.

The EFF leader, who once described Madikizela-Mandela as the "brick the builders rejected", berated the liberation movement for not allowing the struggle hero to speak when then president of the ANC youth league, Peter Mokaba, died.

"I'm sorry Mama that your organisation (ANC) delayed in according you its honour. We did not do the same for her", Ramaphosa said.

". Just as we are burdened by the sorrow of her death‚ so too are we comforted by the richness and profound meaning of her life".

Speaking about her friend, the 47-year-old said: 'We are lucky to have witnessed her greatness, her courage, her fearlessness and her strength.

Mourners sang and cheered as Madikizela-Mandela's body was brought into the Orlando stadium where the funeral service was taking place.

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The United Nations staged a special memorial sitting at its NY headquarters on Friday to mark her passing.

She said those who vilified her mother should not for one moment think that the family would forget that. He also said that Cape Town International Airport should be named after her. Malema said Madikizela Mandela put the country first above her own personal safety. She said the spear has fallen and promised to pick it up as women.

Some ANC members started attempts to drown out Malema by booing and singing, but he continued and called on Soweto residents to never forget her name.

Echoing several commentators this week, Mandela-Dlamini said she believed that much of the criticism her mother faced was because she was a woman.

A military honour guard includes the coffin, wrapped in the flag of South Africa outside of Orlando stadium Subsequent her funeral service, at Soweto, South Africa, Saturday, April 14, 2018 of activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. "She never stopped serving", he told reporters.

Following Makhura was a friend of Madikizela-Mandela only identified as Mrs Mokgobo.

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Soon after, she met Nelson Mandela at a bus stop in Soweto, when she was 22, and they tied the knot in the summer of 1958.

She lambasted the media for repeating lies of the apartheid propaganda machinery and called those who now defended her mother in death hypocrites. Dlamini Mandela said, "She endured continuous harassment at the hands of Apartheid security police and subjected to torture while in prison".

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.

Malema, who sat with Madikizela-Mandela's family and other dignitaries, responded to Ramaphosa with a smile.

During Mandela's 27-year incarceration for his fight against apartheid, Madikizela-Mandela campaigned for his release and for the rights of black South Africans undergoing detention, banishment and arrest.

"We must continue to touch Ma Winnie's wounds and acknowledge her pain and pass on the story of her suffering so that it may always be known that Ma Winnie was a giant, a pathfinder and a healer". South Africans stood by the road side as the funeral procession proceeded to the stadium.

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