SA bids farewell to Mother Of The Nation
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
- 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.
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