Published: Thu, April 05, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

'Anti-apartheid' church to hold memorial service for Winnie Mandela

'Anti-apartheid' church to hold memorial service for Winnie Mandela

Ramaphosa, South Africa's new president, said a state funeral and an official memorial service will be held to honour her. Mandela was imprisoned throughout most of their marriage and Madikizela-Mandela's own activism against the apartheid regime led to her being imprisoned for months and years under house arrest.

For this, she was hailed a fighter whose bravery knew no bounds.

Gold Coast - A simple but heartfelt condolence book will mark the death of anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at the athletes village of the Commonwealth Games. The anti-apartheid hero was a "champion of justice and equality" whose "dedication to the plight of her people gained her the love and the respect of the nation", Ramaphosa said in a televised tribute.

"We are here to celebrate the life of a person who has never looked down on black people and the poor masses".

She said they would want some members of the African National Congress' women's league to attend and give testimonies about the late anti-apartheid activist's life. I recall, for instance, when some leaders of the UDF disowned her.

"Very sorry to hear about the death of comrade Winnie Mandela".

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Her death comes slightly over 7 years since the death of celebrated freedom fighter and ex-husband Nelson Mandela.

"She was a woman who was known by everybody in Soweto, as well as in Africa and outside".

Nelson Mandela's second wife became a beacon of the struggle against racial segregation and discrimination during his lengthy incarceration. However, she was dismissed for insubordination and, in later years, Winnie's reputation suffered greatly from legal and political charges against her.

Two years later, Mandela and Winnie announced their separation.

In 2003, she was found guilty of theft and fraud over bank loans. "I don't think history. history has had some great women, and she was definitely one of them".

"Winnie Mandela was a symbol of the black struggle against oppression and injustice. She refused to be bowed by the imprisonment of her husband, the perpetual harassment of her family by security force, detentions, bannings, and banishment".

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