EFF holds memorial service to honour Madikizela-Mandela

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Zenani (L) and Zinzi (R) Mandela arrive to attend a memorial service for late South African anti-apartheid campaigner Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, ex-wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela at Orlando Stadium on April 11, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

"We have met with Mama Winnie at different occasions..."

Winnie Mandela's great grandson took to the stage at the Soweta memorial service to give his great grandmother an adorable tribute.

Quite often when you meet in person people you have known on the radio, newspapers and television they turn out to be not quite what you had imagined them to be.

"[She was] one of the women who groomed us, taught us discipline". But may her soul rest in peace. But to many within South Africa, she was far more than that, and the widespread sadness at her passing was evidence of that. In 1985, she defied the apartheid regime and returned home to Soweto, the Black township outside Johannesburg. As a mother, hers was a fighting spirit.

Brand said she was always politically strong. But she was a very important individual in that collective.

Makhanya's comments come in the manner that the apartheid government used to besmirch Mam' Winnie's reputation, decades after the systems that were created purely to keep an eye on and control the public's perception of her were closed down.

Last week, former apartheid-era Police Commissioner George Fivaz unequivocally dismissed perceptions that Madikizela-Mandela had issued the order for Stompie to be eliminated.

"I'm here to commemorate the memory of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela", Puna Tetyana told News24 while the stadium was still filling up.

This impression about her at this first meeting was reinforced at later, more frequent and close meetings.

"I come to Orlando Stadium to work every time there is an event here, including soccer matches".

"I thought that people would buy because there would be many people outside", Zondi said.

"I can tell you that 90% of that stuff was utter rubbish and figments of my very fertile imagination and/or a ballooning of information I received from intelligence-gatherers at Soweto security branch".

"She said let me share with you yesterday's sermon".

I didn't get to ask my question but Winnie Mandela did not need me to ask such questions, she survived it all and with such grace.

"You reminded our daughters and mothers that they are powerful beyond measure".

Kumalo was in a grocery store in 2015 when she saw "this tall, attractive woman".

"But there would not have been a Nelson Mandela without Winnie Mandela. What strikes me with her is that she had a way of knowing people and loving people‚" said Sono.

"I've never experienced such beauty".

Madikizela-Mandela died at Milpark hospital a week ago following a long illness. But I will fight to the last drop of my blood'. "She was a hero for us, a fighter with us", said mourner Lilian Motgung from nearby Zakariyya Park.

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