Int'l dignitaries to pay homage to Madikizela-Mandela

South Africa: A Reflection - Searching for Winnie's Legacy

ANC Women's League held a memorial service for Mam'Winnie

Emotional tributes to anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela poured in yesterday during an hours-long memorial service attended by thousands at Soweto's Orlando Stadium.

Among those who attended the memorial at Orlando Stadium were several Cabinet members, including Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Bathabile Dlamini and Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and other high-ranking ANC members, Nelson Mandela's widow Gra├ža Machel, George Bizos, Tokyo Sexwale, IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi, UDM leader Bantu Holomisa and former finance minister Trevor Manuel and his wife Maria Ramos.

Mourners continued to gather at her Soweto home to honour the anti-apartheid fighter after President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed that a memorial service would be held on Wednesday 11.

Last week, former finance minister Trevor Manuel laid into Magashule for failing to restore Madikizela-Mandela's house in Brandfort where she was banished by the apartheid regime between 1977 and 1986. From the witness of her life, we knew we could stand tall; we knew also we could falter and stumble.

Deputy President David Mabuza said that many South Africans were left "weeping" after learning of her death.

"In the process, she became the physical symbol and centre of the struggle for freedom in South Africa while the husband remained the spiritual center of the anti-Apartheid movement", Mr Odinga said in a statement after Winnie's death.

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"She gave us her life and commitment".

Heartfelt tributes were delivered by family and friends, who commended Mam' Winnie for her motherly attributes.

Glamorous and tough, she played a high-profile role in the battle to end repressive white-minority rule. "She did not betray our struggle", Jessie Duarte deputy secretary general of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) said.

In 1990 the world watched when Nelson Mandela finally walked free from prison - hand-in-hand with Winnie.

"For 27 years he was in the dark and Winnie kept the Mandela name alive". She was one of the country's greatest icons in the struggle against apartheid.

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