Winnie Mandela laid to rest

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Madikizela-Mandela denied knowledge of any killings.

A bus full of mourners travels to Orlando Stadium in Soweto for the funeral of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Saturday.

The British supermodel Naomi Campbell also addressed the mourners where she also broke down while on the podium.

"In apartheid South Africa, the combination of patriarchy and racism together meant that black women confronted enormous obstacles from the cradle to the grave, making her own achievements all the more exceptional", U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Friday at a memorial in NY, not mentioning Nelson Mandela at all. They abducted people, held them at her home, beat them and tortured and killed some. "Don't think for a minute that we've forgotten", she said. "Like her, you showed that we can be lovely, powerful and revolutionary - even as we challenge the lies that have been peddled for so long".

However, the tribute from the EFF's commander in chief Julius Malema, drew some of the loudest applause from the crowd.

Millions of South Africans said an emotional goodbye to anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at her official funeral on Saturday, with supporters fiercely defending her complex legacy.

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He acknowledged that the stalwart had wished to see him return to the 106-year-old liberation movement, but said he had pleaded his case as to why he and members of his party couldn't do so.

She vowed she had no part in the murders, when appearing before Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings, and she was later given a fine.

The funeral ended more than a week of mourning for Mandikizela-Mandela, one of the last of the generation of revered anti-apartheid leaders who won freedom for their people. Much of what my mother has been constantly asked to account for is simply ignored when it comes to her male counterparts.

Ramaphosa said Madikizela Mandela provided leadership at the most hard time and never demanded a reward.

He said she personified the true meaning of speaking truth to power and she was the authentic voice of the people's war against apartheid. She understood that her suffering was not in vein and that's the legacy of a great leader who we know as the Mother of the Nation adds Ramaphosa. The victims were suspected of being police informers.

However, the conviction was later overturned with the court handing her a suspended sentence of three years and six months for fraud.

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Zezani was almost born in prison, as Winnie Mandela was arrested close to her birth in 1959 and when she was four her father was sent to prison, where he would stay for the next 27 years.

However, the couple separated just two years later, and divorced in 1996.

During Mandela's 27-year incarceration for his fight against apartheid, Madikizela-Mandela campaigned for his release and for the rights of black South Africans undergoing detention, banishment and arrest.

"You redefined what it meant to be a black woman at a time when women were voiceless".

Thousands of mourners crowded into a stadium in Soweto, near Johannesburg, where the campaigner was given a high-level send-off before her burial in Johannesburg.

The South African National Editors' Forum is meanwhile calling for proof to back the claims.

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Namibian President Hage Geingob praised the late Mother of the Nation for her determination and for never surrendering while being persecuted by the enemy.

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