Mother of the Nation Winnie Madikizela-Mandela laid to rest, As it happened

2018-04-14 15:30

Family members, politicians, foreign dignitaries, celebrities and the people of South Africa have gathered in their numbers to pay tribute and bid a final farewell to the Mother of the Nation, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.


Winnie Madikizela-Mandela salutes the crowd

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Struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has been laid to rest. 

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Ramaphosa and the Mandela family are now invited to pay their last respects to the fallen icon. 

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Madikizela-Mandela's daughters, Zenani and Zindzi, listens as the bishop gives thanks. 

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Now the bishop prays for the grave before the coffin descends. 

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Onlookers continue waiting in the rain for Mama Winnie's funeral procession to arrive.

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Rain clouds are now rolling into the vicinity of Fourways Memorial Park.

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The mood honouring Mama Winnie has shifted from Orlando Stadium in Soweto, to Fourways Memorial Park, where she will be laid to rest.

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Cape Town airport's name changed in Wikipedia to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela International following Malema's challenge 

No sooner had Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) Commander in Chief, Julius Malema spoken the words, had the name of the Cape Town International Airport changed on Wikipedia.

In a fiery speech at Madikizela-Mandela's funeral at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday, Malema called for the Cape Town International Airport to be renamed after the struggle icon.

Almost immediately, the entry on Wikipedia was altered.

The new entry read: "Winnie Madikizela-Mandela International Airport formerly known as Cape Town International Airport (IATA: CPT, ICAO: FACT).

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The bishop concludes his sermon, and a few announcements on how proceedings will unfold from here are made by programme directors. Preparations are now made for the military ceremony.

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A police chopper circles over Fourways Memorial Park, where Mama Winnie will be buried. (Amanda Khoza/News24) 

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The official sermon, as per the programme, is now being delivered by Bishop Zipho Siwa. 

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Ramaphosa finishes, "Go well Mama, may your soul rest in eternal peace." Says the other struggle heroes who went before are waiting to greet her in the afterlife.

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Ramaphosa: "She lives on in the young girl who today still walks the dusty streets of Mbongweni, resolute that her life will not be defined by the poverty into which she was born, nor constrained by the attitudes to women that seek to demean her existence."

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Mama, the sellouts are here – Malema says as some ANC members attempt to boo him at Winnie funeral 

EFF leader Julius Malema went on a rampage at global struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s funeral, attacking those he claimed disowned the leader but were now claiming her as one of their own.

A funeral service for the 81-year-old liberation hero, who died on April 2, was held at the Orlando stadium on Saturday.

Several presidents and former presidents from both South Africa and different parts of the continent attended the event, where Madikizela-Mandela’s daughters delivered a fiery tribute to the fallen hero, however the tribute from the EFF’s commander in chief Julius Malema drew significant applause from the crowd.

His comments were, however, also meet with boos by some ANC members in the crowd. 

"Some of those who sold you out to the regime are here. They are crying the loudest, more than us - who died for you," Malema said, before lambasting those he believed had wronged the struggle veteran. 

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