Farewell Winnie Madikizela Mandela

South Africa: A Reflection - Searching for Winnie's Legacy

Thousands of mourners flocked Wednesday to the heart of South Africa's sprawling Soweto township, a center of anti-apartheid resistance, to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela's former wife and struggle hero Winnie Mandela.

The Department of Arts and Culture in partnership with the Joburg Theatre honoured fallen stalwart, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on 12 April. And she'd say: 'Darling, I don't think I would be able to sleep. Ndileka is the Mandelas' eldest grandchild.

Mrs. Mandela will be laid to rest this Saturday after nearly two weeks of mourning.in a state funeral at the Fourways Memorial Park Cemetery in Johannesburg.

The African National Congress has launched the Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Day of Service in Orlando.

"She affirmed both the love and anger of black people; always committed to their right to defend their lives even (with) arms in the face of a deadly apartheid evil", the radical leftist party said in a statement.

"She means everything to me", he said.

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The keynote address at today's memorial is being delivered by David Mabuza, South Africa's deputy president.

"You are a torch-bearer of our liberation".

Another spear has fallen in the passing of political activist and struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. She was surrounded by family members.

"She would tell you about how to build the future and not look to the past". President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to deliver a eulogy for the "mother of the nation" at her funeral on Saturday.

Prone to adversity, she fought fire with fire.

This is in the same location where the 1976 student uprising resulted in massacres of children resulting in the world-known Hector Peterson Memorial that also cements her monumental struggle history.