A fiery send-off for the mother of the nation Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

The state funeral service of legendary struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela took place on Saturday 14 April at Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

Some of the speakers at the funeral included President Cyril Ramaphosa, fashion icon and model Naomi Campbell and EFF leader Julius Malema. Malema shook the stadium with his fiery speech that became a trending topic on social media. Here are some of the highlights from Mam’ Winnie’s funeral:

Julius Malema’s passionate speech

Malema said: “I am here not so much to bury Mama, because Queen Mothers do not die, they multiply into a million red flowers of love and freedom.” He told the crowd that he was there to speak on behalf of the “dejected masses of our people”. He continued: “You [Mama Winnie] trusted that your mission of putting the country first was embraced by an organization you loved but Mama you did not know that your organization had been rendered incapable of loving you back.”

“Equally big Mama, some of those who sold you to the regime are here and are crying louder than all of us who stood by you. The UDF cabal that distanced itself from you is here crying crocodile tears after disowning you at a critical moment hoping the regime will finish you off.”

Twitter went wild to trying to pinpoint who he was referring to:


The call for a Madikizela-Mandela airport

Malema called for the Cape Town International Airport to be named after Madikizela Mandela. He said: “If it is true that the ANC wants to honour you, let them name Cape Town Airport after Winnie Mandela.” This led to people posting pictures of the suggested airport name change.

Alleged scuffle between EFF members and Police’s VIP protection unit

Police are reportedly investigating an alleged scuffle between Police VIP protection unit and EFF members Julius Malema and fellow Member of Parliament Mbuyiseni Ndlozi. This is after images began circulating of the two surrounded by members of the army and police. They were allegedly denied entry to the Fourways Memorial Park where Madikizela-Mandela was laid to rest.

When it rains it pours

As with her former husband Nelson Mandela’s funeral, the rain poured down on the day of Madikizela-Mandela’s send-off.

Winnie’s final resting place

Madikizela Mandela was laid to rest at Fourways Memorial Park.


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