Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Liberian Women to Celebrate Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's Memory

Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga and his wife Aida Odinga have left the country for South Africa to attend the funeral service of anti-apartheid heroine Winnie Mandela.

Her grandson Bambatha Mandela described Winnie, as "an extraordinary woman, a mother, a soldier, a fighter".

Guterres and Mohammed, while also condoling the Government and people of South Africa and the family of late Mandela, recalled her towering figure in the struggle against apartheid.

Sunshine broke through a dense cloud cover over Soweto during multi-faith prayers, while outside the stadium a motorcycle club sporting African National Congress (ANC) colors arrived to pay their respects.

Madikizela-Mandela died in a hospital in Johannesburg on April 2 at the age of 81 after a long illness.

Her funeral service will be held at Orlando Stadium tomorrow and she will be laid to rest at Fourways Memorial Park, north of Johannesburg, where her great-granddaughter Zenani Mandela was buried in 2010.

"She means everything to me", he said.

Prone to adversity, she fought fire with fire.

"She loomed larger than life and was the mother of the anti-apartheid struggle".

A video has emerged of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, where she mentions journalists, saying they were doing the work of the apartheid security establishment.

"Every time we met Mrs. Mandela, she'd tell wonderful stories, she was like no other", church leader John Moletsane told AFP as he made his way to the ceremony. "There was no internet‚ no cellphones‚ no Google‚ no Facebook and so for 27 years we knew Nelson Mandela was alive because his heart was beating and that was Winnie's heart‚" Jackson said.

A statement released by the foundation following her death read, "Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's passing away is a hard blow for the foundation". The Mandelas separated in 1992 and divorced four years later.

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