Grandson and great-granddaughter pay tribute to Winnie

14 April 2018 - 11:37 By Qaanitah Hunter
Family members head towards Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's Soweto home on 14 April 2018 to pay their respects before the funeral.
Family members head towards Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's Soweto home on 14 April 2018 to pay their respects before the funeral.
Image: Penwell Dlamini

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was a woman who dared to survive and that’s what made her the hero she became.

This was the heartfelt tribute rendered at her funeral on Saturday by her grandchild‚ Zondwa Mandela.

He described her has a hero of the people and a product of the people.

Zondwa Mandela listed all the qualities of the Mother of the Nation.

“When we tell the story of Nomzamo Madikizela-Mandela‚ we have to remind children that to be a hero you have to only be yourself‚” he said.

Zondwa Mandela thanked mourners for the support given to his family in their time of grief.

His tribute was preceded by Madikizela-Mandela’s great-granddaughter Swati Dlamini-Mandela who read out her obituary.

She affectionately referred to the struggle icon as “big mummy” as she read out Madikizela-Mandela’s life story that ended on April 2 2018.

The anti-apartheid activist will be laid to rest on Saturday.

Thousands gather at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg on April 14 2018 to remember and pay tribute to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.


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