Hamba kahle Mama wethu

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Strug­gle icon Winnie Madik­izela-Man­dela was laid to rest yes­ter­day at Four­ways Me­mo­rial Park, next to two of her great­grand­chil­dren.

The fu­neral ser­vice was held at Or­lando Sta­dium, about a kilo­me­tre away from her house in Soweto.

The mourn­ers were ad­dressed by Madik­izela-Man­dela’s daugh­ters Ze­nani Man­dela-Dlamini and Zindzi Man­dela, Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa and Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers leader Julius Malema. Former pres­i­dents Ja­cob Zuma, Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Mot­lanthe were also in at­ten­dance.

Thou­sands of or­di­nary cit­i­zens came from far and wide to pay their fi­nal re­spects. Among them was 78-year-old Lilly Tsamai from Mahikeng, North West, who said she met Madik­izela-Man­dela at Park Lane Clinic in Jo­han­nes­burg in the 1990s.

“She smiled when I shook her hand. I had to come and pay my last re­spects. Winnie was ev­ery­thing to me. She and her ex-hus­band did a lot for us.”

Ge­orge Le­fad­ing (36) from Soweto, Gaut­eng, said although he had never met Madik­izela-Man­dela, he felt obliged to go to her fu­neral.

“She con­trib­uted to the de­vel­op­ment of the peo­ple in this coun­try. It is up to us to take over and do what she fought for.”

Tsakane Shibambo (38) said he and 50 other peo­ple were bussed in from Mah­wel­ereng, Lim­popo. They left Mah­wel­ereng on Fri­day night and ar­rived in Soweto at 2.30am yes­ter­day. He said: “We loved the Mother of the Na­tion. She was the most beau­ti­ful wo­man in the world.” –

PHOTO: CHAR­LIE SHOE­MAKER / GETTY IM­AGES

MAMA IS HOME Mourn­ers and mem­bers of the MK vet­er­ans sur­round the hearse which brought the body of Mama Winnie Madik­izela-Man­dela to her home in Or­lando on Fri­day be­fore her burial yes­ter­day. Thou­sands of peo­ple gath­ered along the streets of Or­lando to form a guard of hon­our as her body was brought home

PHOTO: TE­BOGO LET­SIE

SA­LUTE Mil­i­tary per­son­nel wheel Madik­ize­la­Man­dela’s cof­fin

PHOTO: TE­BOGO LET­SIE

NUM­BER ONE CON­VEYS CON­DO­LENCES Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa (left) was among the politi­cians who went to pay their fi­nal re­spects

PHOTO: TE­BOGO LET­SIE

SOM­BRE MO­MENT Pall­bear­ers carry Madik­izela-Man­dela’s cof­fin into Or­lando Sta­dium, Soweto

PHOTO: MPUMELELO BUTHELEZI

A LEADER LIKE NO OTHER A mem­ber of the ANC Women’s League cel­e­brates the strug­gle icon’s life out­side Or­lando Sta­dium

PHOTO: TE­BOGO LET­SIE

DAUGH­TERS’ FAREWELL Zindzi Man­dela and Ze­nane Man­dela-Dlamini speak at their mother’s fu­neral

PHOTO: ROSETTA MSI­MANGO

JOY­FUL NOISE A mem­ber of the ANC Women’s League dances at the strug­gle stal­wart’s fu­neral

PHOTO: TE­BOGO LET­SIE

FOES SUS­PENDED RI­VALRY EFF and ANC sup­port­ers put aside their dif­fer­ences to mourn the death of the Mother of the Na­tion

PHOTO: TE­BOGO LET­SIE

NO HOLDS BARRED EFF leader Julius Malema makes scathing re­marks about those he claims dis­owned the anti-apartheid ac­tivist

PHOTO: TE­BOGO LET­SIE

COME RAIN OR SHINE Bad weather did not de­ter the mourn­ers

PHOTO: TE­BOGO LET­SIE

THEY CAME FROM ABROAD Bri­tish model and ac­tress Naomi Camp­bell de­liv­ers a speech at the fu­neral

PHOTO: TE­BOGO LET­SIE

MEN OF A BY­GONE ERA Former pres­i­dents Ja­cob Zuma and Thabo Mbeki with their wives Bongi Ngema-Zuma and Zanele

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