African leaders urged to emulate, sustain Winnie Mandela's legacies

African leaders urged to emulate, sustain Winnie Mandela's legacies

Windhoek-What set the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela apart was that she never elevated herself above the people, President Hage Geingob said at the funeral of the late Madikizela-Mandela. Give us a sign Mama", said Malema.Ramaphosa, who delivered the eulogy, not only acknowledged some of the accusations levelled by Malema against the ANC but also apologised for the party having failed to honour the iconic political activist and long-time party member while she was still alive."She bandaged our wounds.

Mama Winnie was laid to rest on Saturday.

"Her burning flame of passion shall continue to illuminate our lives, as we continue our struggle into its second phase -that of economic emancipation", he said. It was those in power who, insecure and fearful, visited upon her the most vindictive and callous retribution. "Only they know why they chose to share the truth now", she said. Yet, through everything, she endured.

Mama Winnie will be buried at Fourways Memorial Park.

Addressing scores of mourners at Mama Winnie's memorial service held at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto on 11 April, Duarte, the deputy secretary-general of the ANC, accused journalists of dishonesty. I was grateful, but a part of me also knew that the chances of her not attending were quite high, given her frail health.

A trade unionist in Africa, Comrade Issa Aremu, has urged African leaders to immortalise the late Winnie Madikizela Mandela, and sustain the legacies of the antiapartheid freedom fighter.

During Mandela's 27-year incarceration for his fight against apartheid, Madikizela-Mandela campaigned for his release and for the rights of black South Africans undergoing detention, banishment and arrest.

Also present at the funeral service were former presidents Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe and Jacob Zuma, dignitaries from African countries and celebrities such as British supermodel Naomi Campbell and USA civil rights activist Jesse Jackson.

It's been an eventful two weeks since she died with people in every place honouring her in their own way. Why were we so quick to believe that the mother of the nation was in the business of killing the very kids she got into tussles with apartheid police to protect?