JOHANNESBURG – Anti-apartheidsactiviste Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is Saturday in South-Africa buried, after the country nearly two weeks to her has mourned. Thousands of people attended the staatsbegrafenis.
The ceremony began at the football stadium in Soweto, a township in the west of Johannesburg and then a breeding ground of resistance. There was her coffin, covered with the national flag, displayed and kept various family members and politicians speeches in memory of Mandela. In the stadium had on Wednesday already have a memorial service instead.
Prominent politicians from home and abroad were present, among whom were the South African president Cyril Ramaphosa, Mandela praised as “the mother of our nation” and called her a “great African woman”. Also, former presidents Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma attended the ceremony.
The coffin was accompanied by military escort transported to its final resting place. Along the side stood rows of people, prepared to Mandela last respects, before they get to the end of the afternoon in the grave was worn on cemetery Fourways Memorial Park. There is also her great-granddaughter in 2010 at the age of 13 was killed by a collision.
The ex-wife of the first black president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, died last week Monday at age 81. The polarizing politician as valid as a symbol for the struggle against apartheid, whose life also was marked by criminal intrigues and scandals.