Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Zenani Mandela lambasts media for "peddling lies" about Winnie

Zenani Mandela lambasts media for

The state-owned New Era reported in early April that Swapo Party Women's Council secretary Eunice Ipinge had said "plans are underway to name a street in honour of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela as per President Hage Geingob's directive in 2015".

"You [Madikizela-Mandela] trusted that your mission of putting the country first was embraced by an organisation that you loved; but Mama, you did not know that your organisation had been rendered incapable of loving you back", said Malema.

President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the eulogy.

"Mama, the widows of Marikana are still in tears".

The labour leader urged trade unionists especially female unionists in Africa to "learn from the leadership example of Mama Winnie Madikizela Mandela", adding that as a stateswoman, "she was labour friendly, a working class stalwart who favoured minimum wage and decent work for the workers".

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Mabuza described Madikizela-Mandela as a true Mother of the Nation and an icon who stood against the then government that exiled her and even incarcerated her for fighting for the rights of the people of this country. The reignition of her legacy has reigned supreme with women everywhere wearing black and power doeks. "It is so disappointing to see how they withheld their words during my mother's lifetime, knowing very well what they would have meant to her", said Mandela-Dlamini.

"And to those of you who vilified my mother through books, on speeches, and on social media, don't even think for a minute that we have forgotten".

That footage was played over and over on South African TV showing Madikizela-Mandela's life, and her supporters were in no doubt reminded of Mbeki's behaviour.

Zanani also slammed the media's "obsession" with her mother's personal life, saying that "the world holds men and women to different standards of morality".

He praised her for her fearlessness and for being a "staunch anti-apartheid activist" on the one hand, and a solid rock for her family when the late Nelson Mandela - her husband at the time - was imprisoned on Robben Island. The service will be held at the Orlando Stadium and it will then proceed to her resting place at Memorial Park Cemetery in Fourways.

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