Thousands Gather for Winnie Mandela's Funeral in Johannesburg

Winnie documentary leaves SA appalled

Winnie documentary leaves SA appalled

Millions of South Africans are preparing to say goodbye to anti-apartheid icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela as her emotionally charged official funeral begins in Soweto, where she lived until her death on April 2 at 81. "Betrayers, we see you".

For speaking against apartheid and keeping Mandela's name alive, Winnie paid a heavy price.

"You wanted us to come back to the ANC - to which ANC?"

"We are here to celebrate and mourn, not open up old wounds". Because hers is one of the most unique stories in recent history.

She described Madikizela-Mandela as "a heroine for a whole continent and a symbol of resistance". She was there all the time.

Zezani was almost born in prison, as Winnie Mandela was arrested close to her birth in 1959 and when she was four her father was sent to prison, where he would stay for the next 27 years. "She never stopped serving", he told reporters.

Mandela-Dlamini, her elder daughter, accused the media of being complicit in an extended "smear marketing campaign" towards her mom. The world saw that a young generation, unafraid of the power of the establishment, was ready to challenge its lies, lies that had become part of my mother's life. It is a pity that all these things were not known. Only they know why they chose to share the truth with the world after she departed. What do we do with them?

"Don't think we have forgotten". It was intolerant of any talk of democracy, especially from a woman activist.

Mandela's husband became the first black president of democratic South Africa, but she refused to follow many other struggle-era politicians who moved from townships like Soweto to formerly white-only suburbs after the end of apartheid.

At my mother's 80th birthday in September 2016, I said: 'One day, the story of how you fought back so valiantly against that awful and powerful regime will be told.

Winnie was married to Mandela for seven years and they had two children with him before he was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964.

While their marriage withstood the battle against apartheid, it couldn't withstand the pressure of freedom. She made Nelson Mandela famous. "She cherished freedom as much as she treasured family".

Supporters in the ANC have loudly defended her. She kept his name on the lips of the people. When we could not be with her, she wrote letters to us. "Even before it was fashionable to do so‚" she said.

In 2003, she was on the opposite side of love, when she was convicted of fraud and theft over a bank loan scam. In 1977, she was banished to a distant city. Nothing could be further from the truth.

"Some of those who sold out the regime are here".

"Winnie Madikizela-Mandela International Airport is the only airport in the Cape Town metropolitan area that offers scheduled passenger services". "I'm very grateful to be here today". It is hard to accept that she is no longer with us.

Malema pulled no punches during his speech as he called out those individuals who had stood against Madikizela-Mandela in the early 90s and are now mourning her death. "I'm talking about the house in Brandfort", Mantashe said.

May we learn from her and be inspired by her courage.

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