Madikizela-Mandela laid to rest

Mourners line the streets of Soweto as a hearse carrying the body of Winnie Mandela makes its way through the township

Mourners line the streets of Soweto as a hearse carrying the body of Winnie Mandela makes its way through the township

The debates, and complexities of the struggle icon are set to continue.

While many will remember Winnie as a fearless and powerful Black woman, a champion of women's rights and one of the most potent symbols of resistance to the apartheid state, her legacy is more complicated and marred by allegations of her involvement in human rights abuses.

"Everything that I do, I do because I learned it from her, including being stubborn".

She also questioned why men in the struggle weren't subjected to the same scrutiny and said "double standards obscure the huge efforts of women" in the struggle.

His refusal to acknowledge former president Jacob Zuma was clearly notable.

He said they are from a generation that is fortunate to have lived in the time of Madikizela-Mandela.

For many South Africans, the most memorable image of Madikizela-Mandela is her punching the air in a clenched-fist salute as she walked hand-in-hand with Mandela out of Victor Verster prison, near Cape Town, on February 11, 1990.

Madikizela-Mandela denied data of any killings.

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"Mama Winnie donated things to our school in Orlando West, not far from where she used to live".

Also present at the service were South Africa's former presidents Thabo Mbeki... For me she symbolised strength, the smashing of patriarchy, a rule breaker, a badly behaved woman, a woman who coloured outside the lines.

Supporters in the ANC have loudly defended her. When Madikizela-Mandela returned from exile she turned concerned with a gaggle of younger males generally known as the Mandela United Soccer Membership.

The walkout left huge gaps in the stands at Orlando Stadium. And all we ask is: no matter how tempting it may be to compare and contrast them, just know that sometimes it is enough to contemplate two historical figures and accept that they complemented each other, far more than any popular narrative might suggest. "All those who resigned from the women's NEC [national executive committee], who said they don't want to be led by a criminal, are here", he said. We heard you. But which ANC do we go to?

Stompie Seipei's murder and the extent of the apartheid regime's smear campaign to discredit and isolate Madikizela-Mandela is also revealed. "Praising we now that she is gone shows how hypocrites you are", said Dlamini-Mandela to loud applause for thousands of mourners in attendance. He said he would request the ANC to confer its highest honour on her.

Speaker after speaker, all shared their moments with Mama Winnie. "She also gave my struggle a sense of place and my mother's feminisms a sense of place", said Mashile.

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

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