Winnie 'touched' to receive centenary torch

2012-06-30 16:33
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Johannesburg - Winnie Madikizela-Mandela accepted the ANC centenary torch at her home in Orlando West, Soweto, on Saturday afternoon.

Madikizela-Mandela, affectionately known as Mama, said she was "so touched" to receive the flame.

Like the flame, the African National Congress had "travelled a long way to be here".

She said 2012 was a very important year because it was the 100 year anniversary of the party and the 60th anniversary of the defiance campaign which "got us to where we are today".

Madikizela-Mandela warned members not to allow the party to disintegrate.

She encouraged ANC members to make sure the party ruled forever.

She concluded her speech with her trademark salute of "Amandla!" (power).

Supporters and members of the provincial executive council responded rapturously: "Awethu!" (people).

The torch was delivered to Madikizela-Mandela's home just before 2pm by an ANC cavalcade accompanied by a fleet of "Sopranos" motorcyclists, wearing leather jackets bearing their logo of a stylised South African flag, Tshwane Metro police and police.

A solemn procession of uMkhonto we Sizwe veterans from Tshwane delivered the flame.

The torch arrived in Gauteng on June 1 after being received by former President Nelson Mandela at his home in Qunu in the Eastern Cape.

After its month in Gauteng, the torch would be sent to Limpopo to continue its journey, which started in Mangaung, in the Free State, in January.

- SAPA
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