Winnie Mandela memorial service to be held in Nairobi

Winnie Mandela memorial service to be held in Nairobi

Winnie Mandela memorial service to be held in Nairobi

Thousands of mourners flocked South Africa's sprawling Soweto township, a centre of anti-apartheid resistance, to pay tribute to one of the anti-white minority rule crusaders.

Mourners, many clad in the green and yellow colours of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), danced and sang in a soccer stadium under gray skies. She was also jailed, banned...

Madikizela-Mandela, aged 81, passed away on April 2, at Johannesburg's Milpark Hospital after a long illness.

Her funeral service will be held at Orlando Stadium tomorrow and she will be laid to rest at Fourways Memorial Park, north of Johannesburg, where her great-granddaughter Zenani Mandela was buried in 2010. "And it was not just a struggle to wage in corridors of power but through people power at the grassroots", she said. So in remembering Winnie we recognise the critical role you played in her life and one of the great struggles of humanity.

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Prone to adversity, she fought fire with fire.

"Stop behaving like ungrateful children", he said.

A video has emerged of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, where she mentions journalists, saying they were doing the work of the apartheid security establishment.

Mananki Joyce Seipei, the mother of a boy whose kidnapping Winnie was convicted of in 1991, was reportedly encouraged by the ANC to attend Wednesday's event.

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Winnie Mandela was found guilty of kidnapping Stompie Moeketsi, a 14-year-old boy who was then beaten to death by her bodyguards in her home in 1988.

"She was very generous".

Most of Winnie's 38-year marriage to Nelson was spent apart: Nelson was imprisoned for 27 years, leaving his wife to raise their two daughters alone as she kept his political dream alive.

Chairman of the foundation, Professor Njabulo Ndebele said, "All South Africans are indebted to Mama Winnie, whether they acknowledge it or not".

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