Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Liberian Women to Celebrate Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's Memory

Liberian Women to Celebrate Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's Memory

Mourners have gathered at the memorial service for anti-Apartheid campaigner Madikizela-Mandela who died last week.

"We didn't understand at the time but we later understood she was referring to [Nelson] Mandela being sought by the police‚" Madikizela said.

The shining beacon who illuminated our rainbow nation, and indeed Africa - amidst darkness and sorrow - has suddenly gone out.

Deputy President David Mabuza also addressed the crowd, saying Madikizela-Mandela was a selfless comrade of the liberation struggle.

People say it's an unbelievable thing that the woman affectionately known as the mother of the nation lived with them in the township of Soweto.

Her turbulent life was a profile of courage.

Tembisa Mdoda celebrates the life of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Prone to adversity, she fought fire with fire.

Heartfelt tributes were delivered by family and friends, who commended Mam' Winnie for her motherly attributes.

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The ruling African National Congress (ANC) party's Women's League, which Winnie Mandela once led, staged a mass march to her home on Wednesday.

"For 27 years he was in the dark and Winnie kept the Mandela name alive".

The late struggle stalwart will be laid to rest this Saturday in Orlando, Soweto.

Her activism and resistance to white minority rule, known as apartheid landed her in jail on numerous occasions.

"We all complain about things, but Ma Winnie showed us that we must look at how we can make a difference in the world", she told the publication.

In a tribute to Madikizela-Mandela, the foundation released an additional statement documenting Madikizela-Mandela's life.

During her old age, she re-emerged as a respected elder who was feted as a living reminder of the late Mandela - and of the long and celebrated struggle against apartheid.

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