South Africa bids emotional farewell to 'Mama' Winnie Mandela

The world continues to mourn and celebrate Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the doyen and mother of South Africa's liberation and African women's emancipation, ahead of her burial on 14 April at Fourways Memorial Park.

There was a sombre mood as the mourners watched the coffin, covered with the African National Congress (ANC) flag, being carried past them.

Madikizela-Mandela, popularly known as Mama Winnie, died on 2 April in Johannesburg, aged 81.

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Her turbulent life was a profile of courage.

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Gathering at the 40,000-seat stadium to attend an official memorial service in her honour, Mabuza and those who knew Madikizela-Mandela spoke of her as a selfless leader who was always ready to lend a hand.

"Winnie was a freedom fighter, a liberator and an emancipator", he told journalists outside the Madikizela-Mandela home. We worked with her on a number of projects over the last decade, including the book 491 Days, which drew on the archive of her time as a prisoner.

The event was attended by a variety of anti-apartheid activists including Advocate George Bizos, former first lady, Graça Machel and former minister of finance, Trevor Manuel. How Chris Hani's assassination affected her as well as how Nelson Mandela was made to choose between his wife or the presidency. It includes exclusive interview footage of Madikizela-Mandela speaking about key moments in her downfall.

She was also accused of running a group responsible for multiple murders and beatings in Soweto, and of endorsing "necklacing": killing suspected informers with burning tires put over their heads.

"She raised two children and mothered a nation for that 27 years when Nelson was in prison and could not speak or do anything". The Mandelas separated in 1992 and divorced four years later.

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