When we were heroes: Funeral was one last shake of Winnie's spear

16 April 2018 - 06:59
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela usually liked making a grand entrance, something those who felt upstaged resented her for.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela usually liked making a grand entrance, something those who felt upstaged resented her for.
Image: Moeletsi Mabe

There was a murmur around Orlando Stadium as thunder clapped overhead and a few drops of rain sploshed down. Within minutes, sheets of rain drenched the stadium and people ran for cover.

The prayer service and military ceremony were quickly wrapped up and the cortège made its way down the red carpet towards the tunnel.

Members of the family and VIPs who had been sitting on stage were drenched by the time they got across the field.

President Cyril Ramaphosa walked behind the coffin wearing that look he has when he tries to pretend everything is normal and it really isn’t.

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