Soweto: Boos for Mbeki at Winnie Mandela funeral

Provincial secretary and acting chairperson Mr Mandla Ndlovu

Provincial secretary and acting chairperson Mr Mandla Ndlovu

Zenani, who struggled to hold back tears while speaking at Madikizela-Mandela's funeral at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg, lambasted the media for "peddling lies" about her mother and her contribution to the struggle, and only tell the truth when she was dead. Geingob said they came to mourn and to celebrate a life of a daughter of the African soil, who did not choose to be larger than life, but through her selfless actions, became a towering figure in the milieu of the liberation struggle.

Jessie Duarte, a National Executive Committee member of the African National Congress has accused some in the media of allegedly taking bribes to tarnish the image of the late struggle icon, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

That footage was played over and over on South African TV showing Madikizela-Mandela's life, and her supporters were in no doubt reminded of Mbeki's behaviour. It was those in power who, insecure and fearful, visited upon her the most vindictive and callous retribution. "I am, therefore, inviting my sisters to Namibia to receive this honour so that Namibia can pay a befitting honour on her", he said. They could not break her.

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The ANC praised Madikizela-Mandela for her resilience and refusal to stand by while people suffered.

A private gravesite ceremony will take place at the Fourways Memorial Park.

"She lived in constant naked contact with danger, prepared to lose her life, even the lives of her own children, who were put into danger by her political activities", Mr Malema said to loud cheers in the stadium.

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The state-owned New Era reported in early April that Swapo Party Women's Council secretary Eunice Ipinge had said "plans are underway to name a street in honour of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela as per President Hage Geingob's directive in 2015".

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. She died in Johannesburg two weeks ago after a long illness. Why were we so quick to believe that the mother of the nation was in the business of killing the very kids she got into tussles with apartheid police to protect?

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