Malema's scuffle with security at Mama Winnie's funeral

Jose Verdugo
Abril 16, 2018

South African opposition leader Julius Malema of the Economic Freedom Fighters on Saturday castigated some mourners at Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's funeral in Soweto's Orlando Stadium only to shed crocodile tears for her."Mama‚" Malema began in his eulogy, "those who sold you out to the white minority regime during apartheid are here".

"And to those of you who vilified my mother through books, on speeches, and on social media, don't even think for a minute that we have forgotten. Tell us ma. Give us a sign".

"Just as Mam' Winnie has united us in sorrow, let us honour her memory by uniting in common goal".

The ANC says Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's death marks a turning point in the fight against patriarchy.

Ramaphosa, who had been promised to be taken to Marikana by Madikizela-Mandela to formally apologise to the widows of the 34 miners who were killed, said that although she passed on before it could happen, he would honour her wishes. "It is so disappointing to see how they withheld their words during my mother's lifetime, knowing very well what they would have meant to her", said Dlamini. Winnie's legacy became warped simply because certain people saw it right to neglect her and completely abandon the duty to protect her inspiring legacy. "Praising my mother now that she is gone shows [what] hypocrites you are".

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She also questioned why men in the struggle weren't subjected to the same scrutiny, and said, "double standards obscure the huge efforts of women" in the struggle.

Ramaphosa said Madikizela-Mandela spoke of many thoughts she had about how the revolutionary ideals and morality of her movement should be restored and not be undermined by corruption and self-enrichment.

As the event drew to a close, a sombre mood returned to the stadium.

She said Madikizela-Mandela had made a choice to raise her own family and the larger family of South Africa as her contribution to the struggle, but had always reminded her children that they were the most important people in her life.

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