Winnie Madikizela Mandela's 81 years as a mother of a nation


She will be laid to rest on Saturday afternoon. "Our sister is proof that we're capable of being revolutionaries".

He added: "Let us honour her memory (Madikizela-Mandela) by pledging here that we will not betray the trust of her people, we will not squander or steal their resources, and that we will serve them diligently and selflessly", Ramaphosa said.

Dlamini-Mandela accused the media of being complicit in a long "smear campaign" against her mother.

At the time of Madikizela-Mandela's death, the longtime stalwart of the ruling party was a member of South Africa's parliament. "She spoke of many thoughts she had about how the revolutionary ideals and morality of her movement should be restored and not be undermined by corruption and self-enrichment".

"She was a humble soul, no matter how far out of their way people will go to tarnish and discredit her name, she never tried to ... make us see that whatever is being said about her is all lies", said Moselane.

"I was particularly angered by the former police commissioner George Fivaz for cruelly only coming out with the truth after my mother's death", she said.

Not until 1974, when she was 16 years old, could she visit him. He recently said there was no evidence linking Winnie to the murder.

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But the union ended the walkout with about the same amount of spending teachers were promised before it began. In the interview, he made some statements that have raised eyebrows about the teachers not being at school.

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. He said they must all account for what happened at Marikana.

"Mama Winnie would encourage us to go attend school and not leave the country to join the ANC's military wing, Umkhonto weSizwe, because she used to say she wanted educated leaders", said Mkhabane.

He reserved a special message for Winnie's children, Zenani and Zindzi, saying as long as he lived, they would never be treated as if they had leprosy. "The cabal that rejected you... and sent you to the brutal apartheid regime is here".

Madikizela-Mandela was married to Nelson Mandela for 38 years, including the 27 years he was imprisoned on an island near Cape Town.

"Unlike many of those who imagined a contested legacy between my mother and my father we do not have that luxury because they are our parents".

Those who notice such things would have realized that her 2013 book, 491 Days-which tells the story of the brutality she experienced at the hands of the Apartheid state, the depths of her despair and her extraordinary resilience and defiance under extreme pressure-was already an invitation for a deep re-evaluation of her life. "I know that Julius will come with me so that we can heal the wounds of those in Marikana", he said.