People continue to flock to Madikizela-Mandela's home, As it happened

2018-04-03 08:30

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who first emerged as the dignified anti-apartheid struggle figure and then came to represent the liberation movement’s worst excesses, has died at the age of 81 after a long illness.


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Mbete: Nomzamo was not petty. She never held grudges against anyone.

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Mbete and Modise are addressing the media.

Mbete: like all South Africans we are still in shock and disbelief, but of course "u'Mama wethu has left us".

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Thandi Modise shares stories from her time working with mama Madikizela-Mandela. 

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Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete says mama Madikizela-Mandela's "complexities" and her experiences are things they will continue to explore.

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Madikizela-Mandela 'was rooted among her people' - Nathi Mthethwa

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's weaknesses were trumped by her dedication to the liberation of her people, Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa said during a visit to the Madikizela-Mandela family home on Tuesday morning.

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COLUMN: Mam' Winnie was the tree that carried the fruits of our freedom

The last time I saw Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was on March 10th of this year. 

She was part of ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa's campaign to urge South Africans to register to vote in what is expected to be another highly contested national election.

She still had that devastatingly warm smile, was full of life and gave no clues that she would be gone three weeks later. 

On the day she, in fact, told the ANC that she was going to accompany Ramaphosa to Maponya mall after declaring that the ANC was yet again to win a two thirds majority of the vote.

03 Apr 12:42

Zoleka Mandela’s heartrending last pics of grandmother Winnie

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was all smiles and off to church just three days before her death.

A collage of photos shared by her granddaughter Zoleka (37) on 30 March show the late struggle veteran at a Good Friday service in Johannesburg.

Winnie (81), dressed in a black skirt and red and white blouse, leans on a walking stick as fellow church-goers greet her with hugs and smiles.

"I forgot how long the Good Friday service at church is, over 5hrs," Zoleka – whose mother is Winnie and Nelson Mandela’s youngest daughter, Zindzi – captioned the post.

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Parliament, Tuesday 3 April 2018 – Speaker of the National Assembly Ms Baleka Mbete and the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces Ms Thandi Modise will this afternoon pay a visit to the Soweto home of the late veteran Member of Parliament Ms Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. 

Yesterday the Presiding Officers expressed their shock and collective grief over the passing of the Mother of the Nation.

Ms Madikizela-Mandela was a founding Members of the democratic Parliament of South Africa in 1994.


DATE: Tuesday, 3 April 2018

TIME: 14.00

VENUE: Vilakazi Street, Orlando (Soweto), Johannesburg

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03 Apr 12:06

'I don't bear any grudges, even against my torturers' – Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in 2013 interview

The name Nomzamo Winnie Madikizela-Mandela always elicits a strong reaction.The sometimes controversial struggle icon is revered by many and loathed by others, almost in equal measure.

She has many titles – mother of the nation, activist, devoted mother, and even "torturer" in some quarters.

She was detained for the first time on 12 May 1969, held in a prison cell in a Pretoria women's jail for nine months without being charged.

In a 2013 interview with DRUM, the struggle veteran opened up about her time in prison and her thoughts about her oppressors.

"When we were detained we were not allowed to communicate with our families. Our defence lawyers were the only visitors we had and they told us that the cells where we met with them were bugged.

03 Apr 12:00

WATCH: CIC Julius Malema visits Winnie Mandela's Home

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WATCH: 'There will be no other Mam' Winnie' - Nathi Mthethwa

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Fighter. Liberator. Ungovernable Woman. Mother Of A Nation. And A Wife Too.

The news that Winnie Madikizela-Mandela had died on Monday at 81 years old brought South Africa to a standstill almost as dramatic as that which greeted the death of her husband, Nelson Mandela, five years ago.

In an outpouring of memory and grief, she was hailed as a co-liberator of South Africa and the mother of the nation, as he was the father of the nation.

At her home in Soweto, crowds gathered as quickly and spontaneously as they had gathered outside Nelson Mandela’s Johannesburg home when he died.

03 Apr 08:58

Madikizela-Mandela dies with Qunu land ownership not fully settled

Lauded as one of the fiercest icons in the struggle against apartheid, the one battle Winnie Madikizela-Mandela could not see through to its end was reclaiming the land upon which the Qunu homestead of her former husband, Nelson Mandela, was built.

Madikizela-Mandela, who died after a prolonged illness on Monday, had been locked in a fierce legal battle to claim ownership of the land, which she claimed was allocated to her in 1989.

The land was donated to former president Mandela in November 1997, but in 2014, Madikizela-Mandela claimed she had only just discovered the property had been registered to her ex-husband.

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