SA bids farewell to Mother Of The Na­tion

African Times - - Politics - RUS­SEL MOLEFE

SOUTH Africans are ex­pected to turn out in their thou­sands to bid farewell to strug­gle icon and Mother of the Na­tion Win­nie Madik­izela-Man­dela on Saturday when she is to be laid to rest.

Her pass­ing has seen South Africans re­mem­ber­ing her spirit and vigour and many women have paid homage to her by don­ning doeks and head scuffs, one of her traid marks as they re­mem­ber the life she has lived. The African Na­tional Congress has also or­gan­ised memo­rial ser­vices through­out the coun­try cou­pled with con­do­lences books at their of­fices for peo­ple to write what she meant to them and what they will miss about her.

Madik­izela-Man­dela will be buried on Saturday in Fowarys but her her ser­vice will be held at Or­lando Sta­dium in Soweto to al­low as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to bid her farewell for the last time. Her house in Or­lando has been a hive of ac­tiv­ity with peo­ple com­ing to pay their last re­spects and hold prayer ser­vices.

Min­is­ter in the Pres­i­dency Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has ap­plauded South Africans for the man­ner in which they have car­ried them­selves dur­ing this pe­riod.

“We are en­cour­aged by the peace­ful and dig­ni­fied man­ner in which mourn­ers in var­i­ous parts of the coun­try and the world have con­ducted memo­rial events in her honour. We urge ev­ery­one to con­tinue to up­hold the dig­nity of Mama. We want to thank peo­ple around the coun­try and the world for their warm and gen­er­ous re­sponses in the wake of the pass­ing of our beloved Mama Win­nie. All South Africans are in­debted to the role she played in the lib­er­a­tion of our coun­try,”she said.

Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday praised Madik­izela-Man­dela for never be­tray­ing the strug­gle and her peo­ple. He added that the one thing the strug­gle icon could not tol­er­ate was cor­rup­tion and state cap­ture.

He made the ad­dress in Mphuthumi Ma­fum­batha Sta­dium in Mbizana, the place where she was born dur­ing the of­fi­cial pro­vin­cial memo­rial ser­vice.

He said Madik­izela-Man­dela was trou­bled by the ram­pant state cap­ture and cor­rup­tion.

“If there is any­thing that Mama Win­nie hated, it was cor­rup­tion and this thing, this de­mon that has been in our midst now called state cor­rup­tion and state cap­ture. She hated that thing,” said Ramaphosa.

He praised her spirit of want­ing to see a bet­ter life for black South Africans and the pain she had to en­dure in de­ten­tion.

“She never gave up. She never be­trayed the strug­gle. She never sold out. She emerged from ev­ery sit­u­a­tion meant to break her even stronger and more pow­er­ful, coura­geous and more de­ter­mined – that was Win­nie Man­dela,” he said”.

Peo­ple have been en­cour­aged to come in their numbers on Saturday for the fu­neral at Or­lando Sta­dium which is sched­uled to start at 9am.

Ramaphosa will de­liver the eu­logy.

There will be a park-and-ride fa­cil­ity for the fu­neral ser­vice at NAS­REC EXPO.

The buses that will be trans­port­ing mourn­ers will start at 4:30am at the Nas­rec Sta­tion.

The memo­rial and fu­neral ser­vices will also be live-streamed – the­southafrican.com will share a link to the fu­neral cov­er­age on Saturday morn­ing.

The ANC it­self will be hold­ing events un­til the day of the fu­neral. To­day (Thursday) there will be a visit by For­mer Pres­i­dents of the Women’s League. They will lead a mass prayer to­gether with the women uManyano (women from her church) in Soweto.

Deputy Pres­i­dent David Mabuza will also lead a memo­rial to­day in KwaZulu-Na­tal at the Dur­ban City Hall.

On Friday there will be a Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria Memo­rial Ser­vice and ANC night vigil to be held at Or­lando Rugby Sta­dium.

Those who can’t make it to the fu­neral will also have an op­por­tu­nity to write in con­do­lences books through­out the coun­try:

- In­ter­na­tional Ports of En­try (air­ports)

- De­part­ment of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions and Co­op­er­a­tion Head Of­fice at the OR Tambo Build­ing in Pre­to­ria

- Par­lia­ment

- Tuyn­huys

- The Union Build­ings - De­part­ment of Arts and Cul­ture - De­part­ment of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion (GCIS head of­fice)

- All Pro­vin­cial Leg­is­la­tures

- All Pre­miers’ Of­fices

- Masilonyana Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of­fices, Brand­fort

- Mbizana Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity

- KSD Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal Pres­i­dent.

ABOVE: ANC Lim­popo re­mem­bered Win­nie Madik­izela-Man­dela at a memo­rial ser­vice in Polok­wane.

Pictures: Le­bo­gang Mak­wela / Vis­ual Buzz SA

RIGHT: Women payed homage to Win­nie Madik­izela-Man­dela dressed in black and doeks out­side her home in Or­lando,Soweto.

ANC NEC and mem­bers of the pub­lic out­side MaWin­nie’s house in Or­lando, Soweto. Thou­sands are ex­pected to bid farewell to strug­gle icon and mother of the na­tion Win­nie Madik­izela-Man­dela on Saturday when she is laid to rest.

Picture: Den­vor de Wee/ Vis­ual Buzz SA

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