Mandela, South Africa's first black president, fired her as one in every of his deputy ministers. President Cyril Ramaphosa said Winnie Mandela "bore the brunt of the senseless brutality of the apartheid state with stoicism and fortitude". I am here to pick up her spear‚ and make my vows that I will continue to fight for a mission of restoring the dignity of black people through attainment of economic freedom in our lifetime. "But her contribution can not be overlooked", he said.
"She bore witness to our struggling". "Loudly and with out apology, she spoke reality to energy". When we were with her, she did not even have to say anything: her love for us was written on her face. "She was our conscience".
As the curtains fall for a woman who was demonised by both the apartheid regime and the new administration led by her ex-husband, South Africans are outraged at how the Mother of the Nation was betrayed.
Mrs Madikizela-Mandela states that the work of these journalists contributed to her being undermined and vilified.
Thousands have signed a condolence book outside her home on a modest street in the Orlando West neighbourhood, where overcrowded single-storey homes with tin roofs still line the slopes of rocky outcrops. When Madikizela-Mandela returned from exile she became involved with a group of young men known as the Mandela United Football Club, who were widely blamed for violence in Soweto. "The contest has been shrill and depressing in equal measure", wrote Palesa Morudu, a publisher and writer, last week.
Mara Louw, who is close to the family, said they were not prepared for her death. For me she symbolised strength, the smashing of patriarchy, a rule breaker, a badly behaved woman, a woman who coloured outside the lines. She was one of you.
"She was too young when Nelson Mandela died".
Winnie Madikizela Mandela's death managed to unite different political parties who are often at odds with each other.
In closing the panelists along with audience members agreed on the importance of preserving Mama's legacy with a suggestion from an audience member to open a museum in memory of mama and to display her clothes, which too were a political statement.
He said they are from a generation that is fortunate to have lived in the time of Madikizela-Mandela.
Many agreed to put their differences aside to give her the send-off she deserved. In 1977, she was banished to a distant city. Against those odds, Winnie Mandela stood tall.
In 2003, Madikizela-Mandela was convicted of fraudulently obtaining bank loans in the name of bogus employees of the ruling African National Congress's women's league when she was its president and received another suspended sentence.
"She was taken away from her children".