Malema's speech at Mama Winnie's funeral a source of inspiration

Malema's speech at Mama Winnie's funeral a source of inspiration

Malema's speech at Mama Winnie's funeral a source of inspiration

Mbeki's remarks this past week that the late icon should not be treated like she was the only one in the African National Congress who fought for the end of apartheid has not endeared him well with Madikizela-Mandela's supporters. But the truth has come out.

"The mother of the nation has left a legacy that we should carry forward to honour her", she said, adding that Winnie had lived her life to the "fullest".

"Mama‚ those who sold you out to the regime are here".

She also questioned why men in the struggle weren't subjected to the same scrutiny, and said, "double standards obscure the enormous efforts of women" in the struggle.

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She said Madikizela-Mandela had made a choice to raise her own family and the larger family of South Africa as her contribution to the struggle, but had always reminded her children that they were the most important people in her life. "Praising my mother now that she is gone shows [what] hypocrites you are".

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"Ever since our mother departed this world our hearts have been heavy".

In his passionate speech‚ Malema‚ who is a leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters‚ called out some of the people who attacked Madikizela-Mandela during her lifetime.

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"Just as Mam' Winnie has united us in sorrow, let us honour her memory by uniting in common goal".

"14 April 2018 marked a new era that will be regarded as the post-Winnie Mandela era in our country".

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