Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was more than a mother of a nation, her impact was felt across Africa

Politicians, ordinary people, supermodels and heads of state from all over the world came to give testimony to this great leader whose impact was felt across the world.

SA’s President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Mam’ Winnie Madikizela Mandela eulogy

In death, she has brought us all together, from near and far, across many nations and continents, to mourn, to pay homage, to remember and to fondly reminisce.

Praise due to a leader of the people, a friend of workers – Gwede Mantashe

Mam Winnie has always been a champion of the people, said Gwede Mantashe, South African Minister of Mineral Resources, and her spirit should inspire the ANC to unite.

Mam Winnie never wavered in her conviction & courage – Naomi Campbell

Despite the global spotlight on her, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela remained close to her roots, never going far from her home in Soweto, and always remaining close to her people, said supermodel and family friend Naomi Campbell. Mam Winnie never wavered in her commitment to fight injustice.

Mam Winnie leaves behind a legacy of sacrifice & commitment – Namibian President

Delivering his tribute to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Namibian President Hage Geingob said that as one of a prominent generation of heroines, she left behind a legacy that will inspire the youth of today to fight for economic emancipation.

Mam Winnie lived a life of service and compassion – President Ramaphosa

In death, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has demonstrated that the long differences along party-political lines and racial lines are being eclipsed by the shared desire of the people to follow her lead in building a just, equitable and caring society. This is according to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. Her life, he said in his tribute to her, was lived in service or the people.

Mama Winnie was the loud and fearless voice of the oppressed – Jeff Radebe

Mama Winnie helped lead the way for her people by showing what it takes to overcome tyranny, said Jeff Radebe, Minister of Energy. Internationally she had become a leading symbol of resistance against apartheid.

Mama Winnie was persecuted by the apartheid regime, and disowned by her own – Julius Malema

Paying tribute to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the leader of the EFF, Julius Malema, said she had put the country first, above her own personal safety, to fight for the liberation of her people from the apartheid regime. In spite of this, he said, her own organisation had turned its back on her.

Mam Winnie touched the lives of many – daughter Zenani

Speaking at the funeral of his grandmother Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Zondwa Mandela described her as a true hero, who dared to go on when the world conspired against her. Her story, he said, will live on in the lives of the women of South Africa.

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