Thousands say emotional goodbye to 'Mama Winnie' at funeral service

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Fivaz conceded this week that there were efforts by the apartheid state to discredit Madikizela-Mandela.

In his eulogy, Ramaphosa also announced that as ANC president he will propose to the ANC National Executive Committee to bestow the ANC's highest honour on Madikizela-Mandela posthumously. "They are crying the loudest, more than us - who died for you", Malema said, before lambasting those who he believed had wronged the struggle veteran. People could be forgiven if they thought it was a "man's struggle and a man's triumph".

Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, who attended the funeral, said on Friday that Ms Madikizela-Mandela was responsible for making the anti-apartheid movement "a global struggle".

"She gave everything she had", said ANC deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte.

Thousands of mourners paid tribute to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at her funeral ceremony in Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, on April 14.

"It is sad that she had to pass away without some of us knowing her".

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

Hundreds of mourners sang "there's no-one like Winnie", an adapted popular liberation struggle song. She was a true inspiration for all the people in the world.

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She said it was she that convinced Madikizela-Mandela to use Madikizela in her surname so that people will know she was a Madikizela before she was a Mandela, and that she jumped up and down in excitement when she heard the double-barrel surname for the first time on the news.

Ramaphosa described her as "an advocate for the dispossessed and the marginalized" and "a voice for the voiceless".

Although Madikizela-Mandela helped usher in a new, more equitable South African political system during her lifetime, she was also entangled in a number of scandals over the years. "Bua!" Mandela-Dlamini questioned why some who had known the truth about her mother waited until her death to speak. She was also always called upon for political advice.

Some ANC members started attempts to drown out Malema by booing and singing, but he continued and called on Soweto residents to never forget her name. "She had trust in the MKMVA members from her zone", said the member.

Many memorializing Madikizela-Mandela acknowledged her as a political drive in her personal proper.

"Praising her now shows us what hypocrites you are!"

Madikizela-Mandela was honoured with a State burial on Saturday that saw world leaders congregate to pay their last respect to the social worker who later became the face of resistance against apartheid.

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