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South Africa buries Winnie Mandela

15 April 2018, 12:34 | Damon Campbell

Culture shock for Brazilian photographer attending Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's memorial

Winnie Mandela funeral

After the formal service, Winnie Mandela's body will be buried 40 kilometres (25 miles) north of Soweto, at a privately-run graveyard in Johannesburg's upmarket Fourways suburb where two of her great-grand children are also buried.

Crowds clad in the yellow and green of the ANC were joined by members of the left-wing Economic Freedom Fighters party.

"She was very generous".

"We see you in your suits, sell-outs".

In defence of her late mother, Zenani observed that while Winnie was expected to uphold and display high moral standards, the same was not expected of her male counterparts.

"I'm sorry, Mama, that your organisation delayed in according you its honour, to this point in time and moment". When we were with her, she did not even have to say anything: her love for us was written on her face.

And to those who've vilified my mother through books, on social media and speeches, don't for a minute think we've forgotten.

"Our sister [Winnie Madikizela-Mandela] is proof that we are capable of being revolutionaries".

The ceremony concludes 10 days of national mourning during which time thousands of South Africans have paid tribute to the "Mother of the Nation" at her Soweto home and elsewhere.

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Winnie Mandela is celebrated for holding together Nelson Mandela's shared dream for an anti-apartheid South Africa.

Campbell said Madikizela-Mandela always stood tall and venerated the anti-apartheid leader for not leaving her people in Soweto.

Some of the dignitaries present are former president Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe and EFF leader Julius Malema. Mourners booed when the presence of scandal-tainted Zuma was publicly acknowledged.

He said the family felt honoured by the heads of state - Denis Sassou Nguesso, president of the Republic of Congo, and Namibian president Hage Geingob - who attended the service and delivered speeches.

Soweto provides an important context in the life of Winne Mandela; it is where she lived with Nelson Mandela. "We could have told her the praises while she was alive", Zezani said.

The township of Soweto is hugely symbolic in South Africa as it became a crucible of black resistance against white minority rule, which ended with elections in 1994.

Madikizela-Mandela was later jailed in 1969 for months and placed under house arrest for years over her activism against the apartheid regime. He also said that Cape Town International Airport should be named after her. From the rising generation, which is too young to have been around when my mother took on the Apartheid State, to those who hail from the African Diaspora, we have been reminded of how she touched so many, in ways that are so deeply personal.

Not until 1974, when she was 16 years old, could she visit him.

But her controversial reputation was largely brushed aside in the wake of her death with tributes to her bravery, independence and integrity dominating public commemorations. Dlamini Mandela said, "She endured continuous harassment at the hands of Apartheid security police and subjected to torture while in prison".



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