Why is my mother’s role against apartheid remembered only in her death?: Zenani Mandela-Dlamini

14 April 2018 - 12:13 By Qaanitah Hunter
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's daughter Zenani Mandela-Dlamini gave a moving speech at her mother's funeral at Orlando Stadium. Her younger sister Zindzi Mandela stands beside her.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's daughter Zenani Mandela-Dlamini gave a moving speech at her mother's funeral at Orlando Stadium. Her younger sister Zindzi Mandela stands beside her.
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Ambassador Zenani Mandela-Dlamini questioned why the truth of her mother’s contribution to the anti-apartheid struggle is only shared after her death.

In an emotional and fiery address to mourners gathered for the official funeral Winnie Madikizela-Mandela‚ Zenani blamed the media for robbing her mother of her legacy during her lifetime.

“Don’t think for a minute that we have forgotten‚” she said of the scrutiny by the media that the Madikizela-Mandela faced.

She called out the hypocrisy of those who criticised her in her life and celebrate her in her death.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s daughter spoke fondly of her mother at her funeral in the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg on April 14 2018.

An emotional Zenani‚ who struggled to talk at times‚ said history depicted the fight against apartheid as a man’s struggle. The daughter of two celebrated struggle icons told the crowd that she was angry with the former police commissioner‚ George Fivaz‚ for “only coming out with the truth after my mother’s death”.

Fivaz conceded this week that there were efforts by the apartheid state to discredit Madikizela-Mandela.

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

She reminded the crowd that when her father‚ Nelson Mandela‚ was imprisoned‚ it was her mother who kept his name alive. “Even before it was fashionable to do so‚” she said.

She further implored Madikizela-Mandela’s supporters not to be tempted to discount her father‚ Nelson Mandela‚ and that people should accept that they complimented each other.

“The battle of our freedom was not some polite picnic‚” Zenani said.


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