Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Brooklyn says, 'Salute Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Mother of the Nation'

Madikizela-Mandela, popularly known as Mama Winnie, died on 2 April in Johannesburg, aged 81.

People attend a memorial service for the late anti-apartheid stalwart Winnie Madikizela Mandela at Orlando Stadium on April 11, 2018 in Johannesburg.

The fence was lined with flowers left by mourners who have visited there since news of her death broke last week.

The shining beacon who illuminated our rainbow nation, and indeed Africa - amidst darkness and sorrow - has suddenly gone out.

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"You are an embodiment of our struggle", Deputy President David Mabuza said Wednesday at the official memorial service. Graca Machel, widow of former South African statesman Nelson Mandela also arrived after lunchtime.

People say it's an fantastic thing that the woman affectionately known as the mother of the nation lived with them in the township of Soweto. 'Fighting patriarchy means celebrating her life, ' she said.

An emotional Zodwa Zwane paid tribute to Madikizela-Mandela, saying she will be missed by her children.

Tony Yengeni, ANC national executive committee member, was also at the ANC Women's League memorial service on Thursday.

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Madikizela-Mandela's body laid at Kupane funeral home in Orlando East. "She did not betray our struggle", Jessie Duarte deputy secretary general of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) said.

Glamorous and tough, she played a high-profile role in the battle to end repressive white-minority rule. The audience at Madikizela-Mandela's memorial were treated to performances by The Soil, Judith Sephuma, Tsepo Tshola, Lira and Cassper Nyovest amongst many others.

Her grandchildren described her as the best grandmother in the world.

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