Zenani Mandela lambasts media for "peddling lies" about Winnie

The coffin carrying the body of Winnie Madikizela Mandela arrived at Orlando Stadium as funeral proceeding got underway on 14 April 2018

South Africa's former Presidents Jacob Zuma and Thabo Mbeki were welcomed at the funeral service of the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela with boos and cheers at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Saturday.Zuma was accompanied by his wife Bongi Ngema-Zuma to pay his last respects to the late stalwart, a woman whom he had an uneasy relationship with during his controversial and scandal-ridden nine-year reign that ended by a recall from the state presidency. Give us a sign Mama", said Malema.Ramaphosa, who delivered the eulogy, not only acknowledged some of the accusations levelled by Malema against the ANC but also apologised for the party having failed to honour the iconic political activist and long-time party member while she was still alive."She bandaged our wounds.

"Despite the hardships of the struggle, she emerged ever defiant and brimming with more determination to bring about change in the lives of her brothers and sisters", said Geingob at the burial of Madikizela- Mandela on Saturday.

"Her burning flame of passion shall continue to illuminate our lives, as we continue our struggle into its second phase -that of economic emancipation", he said.

Duarte described Madikizela-Mandela as a caring mother who suffered more than anyone could have imagined when she was incarcerated and exiled by the apartheid regime. "Only they know why they chose to share the truth now", she said. They could not break her.

A private gravesite ceremony will take place at the Fourways Memorial Park.

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Geingob said Madikizela-Mandela remained rooted to the people of South Africa, even when she assumed higher responsibilities.

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.

A close friend, Mrs Mokgobo, spoke about how Mama Winnie had impacted her life and those of black social workers in the country. "I'm very grateful to be here today".

Madikizela-Mandela's legacy, however, was later tarnished.

In 1991, Madikizela-Mandela was convicted of kidnapping and being an accessory to assault, but her six-year jail sentence was reduced to a fine and a two-year suspended sentence on appeal.

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