Thousands of mourners dressed in African National Congress (ANC) regalia are seen trickling in to honour the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, after gates have been officially opened as early as 7am at Orlando Stadium to commence the special event organised by the government of the Republic of South Africa.
The 40,000-capacity stadium is expected to be filled to the brim with people from different parts of the country. Deputy President David Mabuza will deliver the keynote address. The Soweto Gospel Choir will deliver a performance as well as Mzwakhe Mbuli.
ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte, as well as Madikizela-Mandela’s grandchildren and great grandchildren, will pay tribute to the struggle icon during the service.
Government has advised motorists that no cars will be allowed into the stadium area, adding that public transport is the only means to access the stadium. Meanwhile, in the Free State, the Economic Freedom Fighters will hold its own memorial service.