Soweto: Boos for Mbeki at Winnie Mandela funeral

Soweto: Boos for Mbeki at Winnie Mandela funeral

"You [Madikizela-Mandela] trusted that your mission of putting the country first was embraced by an organisation that you loved; but Mama, you did not know that your organisation had been rendered incapable of loving you back", said Malema.

He also praised her for remaining rooted in the people of South Africa, even when she assumed higher responsibilities.

"Mama, the widows of Marikana are still in tears".

Madikizela-Mandela's death on April 2 at the age of 81 after a long illness was met by an outpouring of emotion across the country, with the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and opposition parties holding memorials to remember her courage in the struggle to end white-minority rule.

Mbeki was booed at the stadium for his public and undiplomatic shove against Madikizela-Mandela when she tried to kiss him on the cheek after a late arrival at a party meeting when he was in power some years ago. "I know that Julius [Malema] will come with me so that we can heal the wounds of those in Marikana", said Ramaphosa.

Describing Madikizela-Mandela as "a woman who was the epitome of black female resistance against oppression, racism and imperialism", Geingob said the late politician left behind a legacy of sacrifice, dedication and commitment, whose legacy was established and firmly rooted among Namibian people. "I am, therefore, inviting my sisters to Namibia to receive this honour so that Namibia can pay a befitting honour on her", he said.

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"And to those of you who vilified my mother through books, on speeches, and on social media, don't even think for a minute that we have forgotten".

"In death, she has demonstrated that our many differences along political party and racial lines and the numerous disputes we may have are eclipsed by our shared desire to follow her lead in building a just, equitable and caring society", he said.

April 14, 2018 - The Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg was packed to capacity on Saturday for the funeral of struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Zanani also slammed the media's "obsession" with her mother's personal life, saying that "the world holds men and women to different standards of morality".

Part one of the programme will take place at her home and thereafter the programme will move to Orlando Stadium for the final tribute.

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