"Betrayers, sell outs, we see you!" - Malema unleashes at Winnie Mandela funeral

Culture shock for Brazilian photographer attending Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's memorial

Culture shock for Brazilian photographer attending Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's memorial

South Africans trooped out in their thousands to pay last respect to Winnie Mandela, wife of former President Nelson Mandela as she is laid to rest on Saturday.

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa, who took office two months ago, offered an apology for the country's failure to honour Winnie for her contribution to the liberation of the country.

"You [Madikizela-Mandela] trusted that your mission of putting the country first was embraced by an organisation that you loved; but Mama, you did not know that your organisation had been rendered incapable of loving you back", said Malema.

"Let us honour her memory by pledging here that we will not betray the trust of her people, we will not squander or steal their resources, and that we will serve them diligently and selflessly", the president said.

"She was very generous. Too often, we were not there for her", he said.

Many memorializing Madikizela-Mandela have recognized her as a political force in her own right.

The United Nations staged a special memorial sitting at its NY headquarters on Friday to mark her passing. "Only they know why they chose to share the truth with the world after she departed", Mrs Mandela-Dlamini said.

She said the struggle icon helped her and many more overcome their fears.

Malema also claimed some ANC Women's League members had rejected her.

Instead she remained embedded in the community where she met Nelson Mandela at a bus stop in 1957. Her reputation was tainted by accusations of human rights violations that seemed sometimes at odds with Mandela's fight for inclusiveness. Recalling a recent conversation with her daughter Zenani Dlamini, he said she cried when she said her mother had lived a hard life.

Culture shock for Brazilian photographer attending Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's memorial

The family of the late Winnie Mandela has accused the South African government of being hypocritical for praising her after death.

In defence of her late mother, Zenani observed that while Winnie was expected to uphold and display high moral standards, the same was not expected of her male counterparts. He appealed to Malema to realise that Madikizela-Mandela wanted unity and healing among all South Africans.

"Why have they sat on the truth, and waited until my mother's death to tell it?" she said.

She lambasted the media for repeating lies of the apartheid propaganda machinery and called those who now defended her mother in death hypocrites.

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Soweto on Friday to see the funeral procession of Winnie Mandela ahead of her final send-off this weekend. She believed it was her calling to defend and protect both from the constant assaults by the Apartheid State. Dlamini Mandela said, "She endured continuous harassment at the hands of Apartheid security police and subjected to torture while in prison".

EFF supporters join ANC members to pay tribute to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Winnie Mandela, who died in Johannesburg aged 81 on April 2 after a long illness, has been celebrated for helping keep Nelson Mandela's dream of a non-racial South Africa alive while he was behind bars for 27 years. She was one of you.

"We must continue to touch Ma Winnie's wounds and acknowledge her pain and pass on the story of her suffering so that it may always be known that Ma Winnie was a giant, a pathfinder and a healer".

Much of the national conversation around Madikizela-Mandela legacy has been driven by the documentary Winnie.

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