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Thousands pay tribute to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Family, friends and dignitaries joined the thousands of mourners who flocked to Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Wednesday to pay tribute to the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

The struggle stalwart died last week Monday at the age of 81 at the Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg.

Emotional tributes to anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela poured in on Wednesday during an hours-long memorial service attended by thousands at Soweto’s Orlando Stadium. Madikizela-Mandela died on April 2 at the age of 81.

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“The embodiment of courage. The embodiment of resilience. The embodiment of strength,” poet and singer Mzwakhe Mbuli said during a performance at the service. “There’s no grave big enough to bury her legacy.”

The death of Madikizela-Mandela, often called the “Mother of the Nation,” has triggered widespread soul-searching in South Africa over the legacy of one of the nation’s most important fighters against racial discrimination.


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