Gallery: Guard of honour as Mama Winnie's body arrives in Soweto

Gallery: Guard of honour as Mama Winnie's body arrives in Soweto

Also present at the funeral service were former presidents Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe and Jacob Zuma, dignitaries from African countries and celebrities such as British supermodel Naomi Campbell and United States civil rights activist Jesse Jackson.

Earlier, Malema's speech opened up all wounds when he directly addressed the fallen hero and said, "Mama, there are sell-outs here".

The ANC says Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's death marks a turning point in the fight against patriarchy.

She said Madikizela-Mandela had made a choice to raise her own family and the larger family of South Africa as her contribution to the struggle, but had always reminded her children that they were the most important people in her life.

"Mama, the widows of Marikana are still in tears". What do we do with them?

Mabuza described Madikizela-Mandela as a true Mother of the Nation and an icon who stood against the then government that exiled her and even incarcerated her for fighting for the rights of the people of this country.

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"She combined rare multiple roles of a woman: a mother, grandmother, freedom fighter, party organiser and a parliamentarian among others".

Her funeral service will be held at Orlando Stadium in Soweto. "I know that Julius [Malema] will come with me so that we can heal the wounds of those in Marikana", said Ramaphosa. "Only they know why they chose to share the truth now", she said.

According to Dana, the song was written in 2015, and she went to Madikizela-Mandela's home to give her a personal invite to the album and DVD recording.

She said those who vilified her mother should not for one moment think that the family would forget that.

"In death, she has demonstrated that our many differences along political party and racial lines and the numerous disputes we may have are eclipsed by our shared desire to follow her lead in building a just, equitable and caring society", he said.

She also questioned why men in the struggle weren't subjected to the same scrutiny, and said, "double standards obscure the enormous efforts of women" in the struggle. The service will be held at the Orlando Stadium and it will then proceed to her resting place at Memorial Park Cemetery in Fourways.

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