Crowds of S.Africans lay to rest 'Mama' Winnie Mandela

Winnie Mandela funeral

"It is so disappointing to see how they withheld their words during my mother's lifetime, knowing very well what they would have meant to her", said Dlamini. Zenani said, "It was my mother who kept his (Nelson Mandela) memory alive. It's become clear that South Africa, and indeed the world, holds men and women to different standards of morality". Like her, you showed that we can be lovely, powerful and revolutionary-even as we challenge the lies that have been peddled for so long.

Zezani said Mandela's family took issue with how a former police commissioner mistreated Winnie only to tell the truth after her death.

"I'm sorry, Mama, that your organisation delayed in according you its honour, to this point in time and moment. Give us a sign Mama", said Malema.

Julius Malema, Economic Freedom Fighters leaderThey must never think we have forgotten what they did to you.

"Our sister [Winnie Madikizela-Mandela] is proof that we are capable of being revolutionaries".

"In apartheid South Africa, the combination of patriarchy and racism together meant that black women confronted enormous obstacles from the cradle to the grave - making her own achievements all the more exceptional", he said Friday at a memorial in NY, not mentioning Nelson Mandela at all. "She fought from beginning to the end".

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Also present at the service were South Africa's former presidents Thabo Mbeki... Mourners booed when the presence of scandal-tainted Zuma was publicly acknowledged.

American civil rights activist Jesse Jackson is expected to attend, as are the presidents of Namibia and the Republic of Congo.

"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.

The township of Soweto is hugely symbolic in South Africa as it became a crucible of black resistance against white minority rule, which ended with elections in 1994.

The body of Winnie Mandela is returned to her home in Soweto the day before the funeral for the anti-apartheid icon on April 13, 2018 in Soweto, South Africa.

For many South Africans, the most memorable image of Madikizela-Mandela is of her punching the air in a clenched-fist salute as she walked hand-in-hand with Mandela out of Victor Verster prison, near Cape Town, on February 11, 1990.

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She led an global campaign calling for his release.

South Africans were impressed by the Kenyan Head of State after he used Zulu language to bid farewell to the anti-apartheid crusader, who will be laid to rest at the Fourways Memorial Park Cemetery in Johannesburg on Saturday.

In 1991, she was convicted for kidnapping and being an accessory in the assault of a 14-year-old boy. Proud, defiant, articulate, she exposed the lie of apartheid. They had two daughters together.

But when Nelson Mandela died in 2013, it emerged he had left Winnie nothing in his will.

On Saturday, a 21-gun salute will be fired at her final resting place.

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