Former president Jacob Zuma delivered a touching tribute to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, calling the ANC stalwart a leader whose contribution to the liberation can never be doubted.
Zuma visited the Madikizela-Mandela household in Orlando West, Soweto, on Wednesday to pay his respects.
Wearing a dark suit and red tie, a visibly sombre Zuma kept his head bowed at times and his hands respectfully crossed over his waist.
Speaking to journalists outside the house, Zuma explained how he heard of Madikizela-Mandela’s passing whilst he was staying in the village of Nkandla.
He drew laughter from those around him when he referred to the village as the “famous Nkandla”, in reference to the furore around his infamous “security upgrades” to his homestead in the area.
The former president remarked how her death had come as a surprise, because no matter how many times she went into hospital, she was always discharged. Madikizela- Mandela will be laid to rest next week.