Winnie Madikizela-Mandela laid to rest

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Zenani said South Africa's struggle for liberation was not only a man's struggle and said one could be forgiven for thinking it was. Praising her now that she's gone shows what hypocrites you are.

"I think their actions are actions of extreme cruelty‚ because they robbed my mother of her rightful legacy during her lifetime".

Former president Jacob Zuma and Thabo Mbeki were booed when programme director Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula acknowledged their presence, seemingly in reaction to Mbeki's interview last week where he said Madikizela-Mandela shouldn't be credited as an individual for her role in the struggle for freedom.

"I'm sorry mama that your organisation delayed you in according you its honour. Give us a sign Mama", said Malema.

EFF leader Julius Malema, an admirer of Madikizela-Mandela who echoes her fiery rhetoric, said she had always put the country "above her own personal safety" in the fight against apartheid. South Africans stood by the road side as the funeral procession proceeded to the stadium.

Mourners broke into another liberation song chanting in Xhosa: "this is the Winnie we know".

Flowers blanket a memorial outside the home of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela after her death on April 2. When we were with her, she did not even have to say anything: her love for us was written on her face.

Also present at the funeral service were former presidents Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe and Jacob Zuma, dignitaries from African countries and celebrities such as British supermodel Naomi Campbell and USA civil rights activist Jesse Jackson. The funeral was also attended by foreign dignitaries from Swaziland, Namibia, Democratic Republic of the Congo and an American civil activist Jesse Jackson among others. It was a spear that, throughout the darkest moments of our struggle, she wielded with great courage, unequivocal commitment and incredible skill.

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"None of us would condone all actions across a complex and complicated life, but Winnie Mandela's dedication was evident in her early activism and her work researching infant mortality in the Alexandra Township", the United Nations chief said.

Her activism and resistance to white minority rule landed her in jail on numerous occasions.

Many South Africans have endured up against critics who distinguished her since a figure that has been implicated in political violence afterwards she came back at a rural city to the memory of Madikizela-Mandela.

Instead she remained embedded in the community where she met Nelson Mandela at a bus stop in 1957. Not long afterwards, she achieved also the couple along with African National Congress activist Mandela married in 1958, forming one of this century's marriages. "All those who resigned from the women's NEC [national executive committee], who said they don't want to be led by a criminal, are here", he said.

Tough, determined, resilient and proud, she withstood imprisonment, solitary confinement, banishment and years of harassment by South African apartheid authorities.

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.

"In apartheid South Africa, the combination of patriarchy and racism together meant that black women confronted enormous obstacles from the cradle to the grave, making her own achievements all the more exceptional", U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Friday at a memorial in NY, not mentioning Nelson Mandela at all.

But when Nelson Mandela died in 2013, it emerged he had left Winnie nothing in his will.