South Africa's Mother of the Nation laid to rest in state funeral

Winnie Madikizela Mandela wearing a doek in Johannesburg in December 2017

Crowds packed Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg's Soweto township for the funeral following a private service at the home of Madikizela-Mandela, the former wife of the late Nelson Mandela, who served as South Africa's President after fighting for decades to deliver the nation from apartheid.

Isithwalandwe is the highest honour awarded to South Africans for their outstanding contribution and sacrifice to the liberation struggle.

Magashule said Mama Winnie has touched the lives of many and he said he is happy that you can find young artists in Soweto to help draw the wall of remembrance. I know that she would be very proud of each of you, and grateful for your acts of personal courage: for joining hands in the #IAmWinnie movement, wearing your doeks and bravely mounting a narrative that counters the one that had become, to our profound dismay, my mother's public story over the last twenty-five years of her life.

"From apartheid South Africa, the combo of patriarchy and racism together meant that black girls confronted enormous obstacles from the cradle to the tomb, which makes her own achievements even more exceptional", United Nations secretarygeneral Antonio Guterres said Friday in a museum at nycrather than citing Nelson Mandela in any way. "Zenani's tears revealed Mam' Winnie's wounds", Ramaphosa said.

"And to those who've vilified my mother through books, on social media and speeches, don't for a minute think we've forgotten", she said, flanked by her sister Zindziswa Mandela-Hlongwane.

Political battles played out at Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's funeral, as some leaders were booed and old rivalries were hashed out in tribute speeches to the global icon. In 1993 she was elected president of African Nationa Congress (ANC). "They robbed my mother of her rightful legacy during her lifetime".

Most of the 38-year long marriage was spent living apart with Winnie left alone to raise their children. "She was an exceptional woman, she was fearless".

"Never ever did she waver in her conviction and courage".

Nelson Mandela congratulates Winnie after her election to the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress on the last day of its 49th constitutional congress in Bloemfontein South Africa December 1994. The Mandelas separated in 1992
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Former South African presidents Jacob Zuma and Thabo Mbeki also attended the funeral. "I am here to look at your grandchildren in the eyes and tell them that they will never be treated like they have leprosy as long am still alive". South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said her death unified people across political divide and beyond the country's borders.

"She felt compelled to organise, to mobilise, to lead when those who led our people had been sent across the bay to the (Robben) Island, while others were forced to flee beyond our borders or were martyred by a state that knew no mercy".

I stand here this morning to both mourn my mother and also, like you, to celebrate her life.

For years, she was routinely harassed by apartheid-state security forces, imprisoned and tortured. He continued, "Yet through everything Mama Winnie endured they could not break her, they could not silence her".

Even though she struggled for democracy, Madikizela-Mandela floundered at a political vocation after the first absolutely free elections in 1994. "The same one who sold you out", asked Malema. Madikizela-Mandela denied any knowledge of any killings.

Much of the national conversation around Madikizela-Mandela legacy has been driven by the documentary Winnie.

"She danced witness to our suffering".

The funeral procession leaves the Orlando Stadium.

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