Official funeral for Mama Winnie


Africa National Congress stalwart Winnie Madikizela Mandela raises her fist in her signature move as she acknowledges a crowd of ANC Women League supporters gathered in Soweto on September 26, 2016 to celebrate her 80th birthday.

JOHANNESBURG - South Africans are waking up to a world without Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Condolences are streaming in after the struggle icon died at Johannesburg&39;s Milpark Hospital on Monday, aged 81.

Madikizela-Mandela will be laid to rest on 14 April.

President Cyril Ramaphosa made the announcement while addressing mourners and media outside Madikizela-Mandela&39;s home in Soweto.

“As the national government we have declared that Winnie Madikizela-Mandela will have a national funeral on 14 April," said Ramaphosa.

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The Gender Commission says she championed a non-racial, non-sexist and democratic South Africa.

It says the country must always be indebted for her bravery and indomitable spirit.

Cosatu described the Mother of the Nation as fearless, saying she espoused economic transformation.

It says the best way to honour Mama Winnie is to preserve her legacy.

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