Soweto: Boos for Mbeki at Winnie Mandela funeral

Sheri Evans
April 16, 2018

April 14, 2018 - EFF leader Julius Malema at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg, on Saturday, for the funeral of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

"Mama, the widows of Marikana are still in tears".

Mbeki's remarks this past week that the late icon should not be treated like she was the only one in the African National Congress who fought for the end of apartheid has not endeared him well with Madikizela-Mandela's supporters.

The Sowetan Online reported that the EFF leader told the officer "no white man can stop me" during the altercation, before he was eventually granted entry.

"You [Madikizela-Mandela] trusted that your mission of putting the country first was embraced by an organisation that you loved; but Mama, you did not know that your organisation had been rendered incapable of loving you back", said Malema. What must we tell them? "We did not do the same for her", Ramaphosa said.

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Madikizela-Mandela's grandchild, Zondwa Mandela said her death was a "wound" that would never heal, adding that Madikizela-Mandela was a hero who sacrificed her own life for the betterment of her people.

"And to those of you who vilified my mother through books, on speeches, and on social media, don't even think for a minute that we have forgotten".

Ramaphosa said Madikizela-Mandela spoke of many thoughts she had about how the revolutionary ideals and morality of her movement should be restored and not be undermined by corruption and self-enrichment.

"Praising her now shows us what hypocrites you are!"The pain inflicted on her lives on in us". Let us honour her memory by pledging here that we will not betray the trust of her people, we will not squander or steal their resources, and that we will serve them diligently and selflessly", Ramaphosa said.

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