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Photos from Winnie Mandela's funeral in South Africa

Photos from Winnie Mandela's funeral in South Africa

Malema said he had spoken to Seipei's mother who refused to speak on the podium because she didn't want to cause unnecessary squabbles at "the mother of the nation's funeral".

The daughter of two celebrated struggle icons told the crowd that she was angry with the former police commissioner‚ George Fivaz‚ for "only coming out with the truth after my mother's death". "They robbed my mother of her rightful legacy during her lifetime".

South Africans were impressed by the Kenyan Head of State after he used Zulu language to bid farewell to the anti-apartheid crusader, who will be laid to rest at the Fourways Memorial Park Cemetery in Johannesburg on Saturday.

In 2003, she was on the opposite side of love, when she was convicted of fraud and theft over a bank loan scam.

"Let us honour her memory by pledging here that we will not betray the trust of her people".

"You show that we can be attractive, powerful and revolutionary - even as we challenge the lies that have been peddled for so long". Since apartheid ended in the 1990s, she served in several government roles, including as a member of parliament and leader of the ruling party's women's league.

In a eulogy read by Mandela's daughter Princess Zenani Mandela-Dlamini, the family said that Winnie had been painted so negative by the society and thus praising her at this moment will not redeem the image.

Relatives carry the casket containing the body of the late Winnie Mandela at her house in Soweto in Johannesburg on April 13, 2018.

Madikizela-Mandela was married to Nelson Mandela for 38 years, including the 27 years he was imprisoned on an island near Cape Town.

He said people are "deeply offended by narratives that tried to portray our Mama as a monster and demon".

Millions of South Africans are preparing to say goodbye to anti-apartheid icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela as her emotionally charged official funeral begins in Soweto, where she lived until her death on April 2 at 81.

"We are weeping, but we are not broken". "It is little comfort to us that they have come out now", she said.

"Even when she was locked into her house in Brandfort {in the Free State} and she was not allowed to talk to anyone, she would give us food through a feeding scheme".

Following Makhura was a friend of Madikizela-Mandela only identified as Mrs Mokgobo.

"She confronted gun-carrying white men who were sworn killers of the apartheid defence force throughout the long years of the state of emergency in the 1980s".

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's memory must be honoured by a pledge "that we will dedicate all our resources, all our efforts, all our energy to the empowerment of the poor and vulnerable", President Cyril Ramaphosa said.

"Some of those who sold out the regime are here".

"I will be guided by your spirit", he said and added that he knows Malema would join him.