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

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (File, Gallo)
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14 Apr 2018

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

14 Apr 2018

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

14 Apr 2018

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

14 Apr 2018

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

14 Apr 2018

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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14 Apr 2018

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.

14 Apr 2018

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

14 Apr 2018

ICYMI: 

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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