Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is laid to rest

14 April 2018 - 17:27 By Ernest Mabuza
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's coffin is given a military escort into Fourways Memorial Park where she was buried on April 14 2018.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's coffin is given a military escort into Fourways Memorial Park where she was buried on April 14 2018.
Image: Masi Losi

Struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was laid to rest at the Fourways Memorial Park beside her great-granddaughter on Saturday afternoon.

Her burial ceremony followed a five-and-half-hours funeral service held at the Orlando Stadium a few kilometres from her home in Soweto.

During the funeral service‚ her daughter Zenani Mandela-Dlamini‚ President Cyril Ramaphosa and Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema were among the speakers who paid tribute to Madikizela-Mandela in front of a full stadium.

The burial ceremony was the third and final stage of the special official funeral that was announced by Ramaphosa a few hours after Madikizela-Mandela’s death on April 2.

A military procession took her coffin to the memorial park where she was buried with full military honours‚ including the sounding of the Last Post and the Reveille.

Members of the South African Defence Force (SANDF) removed the South African flag that had draped her casket during the service. The flag will be given to the family.

SANDF chief General Solly Shoke paid his last respect at the gravesite before the religious leaders took over the burial ceremony.

The chief mourner‚ Ramaphosa‚ was the first to throw soil at the grave of Madikizela-Mandela. He was followed by Deputy President David Mabuza and then the family members‚ some of whom put flowers on the casket.

There were tears, songs and fiery speeches as the nation bid farewell to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela who was laid to rest in Johannesburg on April 14 2018.


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