Par­ties unite in praise of Strug­gle heroine

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NEWS - MPILETSO MOTUMI

YOU could have been fooled into think­ing the joint singing of the EFF and ANC meant that there was a prom­ise of re­u­nit­ing.

But when the singing got hot and the sta­dium filled with colours of both par­ties, the com­pe­ti­tion heated up.

EFF mem­bers made sure that their sea of red was vis­i­ble through­out the chant­ing.

At times they led the song choice, with the ANC mem­bers singing along. It was a sight to see as the reds joined to­gether in sit­ting with the yel­low-and­greens.

But they made sure that even as they sat among the ANC colours, their red was grouped to­gether for all to see. There was dis­or­der in their camp when a scuf­fle was about to en­sue among the mem­bers in one of the cor­ners of the stands. Po­lice quickly took con­trol of the sit­u­a­tion be­fore it could get out of hand.

Boos rang out from the EFF ev­ery time the names of the ANC lead­ers were an­nounced.

The boos were even louder when for­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s name was an­nounced. It took a lit­tle while longer for pro­gramme di­rec­tor Min­is­ter No­siviwe Mapisa-Nqakula to calm them down. When Julius Malema took to the podium he made a point that any boo­ing at Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa was akin to dis­re­spect­ing Mama Win­nie.

Zondwa Man­dela re­layed the fam­ily’s praise name to much ul­u­la­tion. He urged women and men to con­tinue the legacy.

“The story lives on in all the women who wake up ev­ery day, carv­ing a life for them­selves. I hope to tell the story of a hero of the peo­ple. She was one of us, she was one of you, she dared to con­tinue. When the en­tire world con­spired against her, she stood tall.”

Mama Win­nie’s sis­ter, Zuk­iswa Madik­izela, en­cour­aged the women of the world to help their com­mu­ni­ties. “In a so­ci­ety that con­stantly tells women, ‘no you can’t, you can’.”

A par­tic­u­larly touch­ing trib­ute came from Mama Win­nie’s long-time friend and con­fi­dant, Mrs Mok­gobo.

“We owe you so much. Your deep un­der­stand­ing of the need to rev­o­lu­tionise so­cial work re­mains an im­per­a­tive. You told us to free our­selves from slave men­tal­ity and you taught us to be in the trenches with the peo­ple.”

Naomi Camp­bell spoke about what Win­nie Madik­izela Man­dela meant to her. “She taught us not to be lim­ited in our move­ments, re­mind­ing us al­ways to stay true to who we are.”

PIC­TURE: OUPA MOKOENA/AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY (ANA)

Pall-bear­ers carry Win­nie Madik­izela-Man­dela’s cof­fin to the ceme­tery from Or­lando Sta­dium where the fu­neral ser­vice was held.

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