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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela laid to rest

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela laid to rest

Madikizela-Mandela was later jailed in 1969 for months and placed under house arrest for years over her activism against the apartheid regime.

Some ANC members started attempts to drown out Malema by booing and singing, but he continued and called on Soweto residents to never forget her name.

"All those who resigned from the NEC of the women's league because they said they can't be led by a criminal they are here playing all important roles at your funeral, can we trust them or should we treat them with suspicion cde Winnie?". Dlamini Mandela is the daughter of Zenani Mandela who was sired by Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela. The pain you inflicted on her lives on in us.

In old age, Winnie Mandela emerged as a respected elder who was feted as a living reminder of her late husband - and of the long and celebrated struggle against apartheid. Committing to her spirit of strength and defiance, speakers at her funeral on Saturday vowed to honour her legacy by fighting the many falsehoods that saw her sidelined. He continued, "Yet through everything Mama Winnie endured they could not break her, they could not silence her". She was one of the people.

She lived in constant naked contact with danger, prepared to lose her life, even the life of her own children who were put into danger by her political activities. For those of us who've been close to her, we have always appreciated just how much she meant to the world.

And the more she continued with the fight for liberation, the harder it became and for sure, hopelessness, despair and doubt crept in and caught up with her.

South Africa's communications minister Nomvula Mokonyane told AFP that Winnie should not only be remembered for "mistakes or the casualties of the struggle".

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"She kept the memories of our father alive. She dared to take on one of the most powerful and evil regimes of the past century and she triumphed". Campbell said, "She was a heroine, of a whole continent, a courageous symbol of resistance for all of us".

She said it was she that convinced Madikizela-Mandela to use Madikizela in her surname so that people will know she was a Madikizela before she was a Mandela, and that she jumped up and down in excitement when she heard the double-barrel surname for the first time on the news. It was a spear that, throughout the darkest moments of our struggle, she wielded with great courage, unequivocal commitment and incredible skill.

Ramaphosa says that South Africa is burdened by the sorrow of Winnie's death, but the people are also comforted by the richness and profound meaning of her life. She laid bare the edifice of patriarchy.

Mourners wore black, green and gold - colors of the ruling African National Congress political party.

South Africa's former Presidents Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe and Jacob Zuma also attended the burial. She died on April 2, after a long illness.

Foreign dignitaries at the funeral include the leaders of Namibia, Swaziland and the Republic of Congo, as well as American civil rights activist Jesse Jackson. The President declared 10-day mourning with flags flying at half mast.