Zenani Mandela lambasts media for "peddling lies" about Winnie


EFF leader Julius Malema gave a fiery speech at the funeral service of struggle icon, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Images are circulating online of Julius Malema and Mbuyiseni Ndlozi surrounded by members of the army and police, allegedly after three EFF leaders were denied entry to the Fourways Memorial Park.

Malema's speech brought the thousands of mourners at the capacity filled 40,000-seat stadium paying their last respects chanting "mother of the nation" in support of his speech. "She fought because the fight against apartheid was not some polite picnic at which you showed up in your best behaviour", she said. The labour leader urged trade unionists especially female unionists in Africa to "learn from the leadership example of Mama Winnie Madikizela Mandela", adding that as a stateswoman, "she was labour friendly, a working class stalwart who favoured minimum wage and decent work for the workers".

He said she wanted the ANC to honour the commitment that is set in the Freedom Charter " that the people should share in the country's wealth and that yes, the land should be shared amongst those who work it and yes that it should be returned and expropriated for the benefit of our people as a whole".

He let it all out, saying that some of the leaders who were present showering praises on Winnie-Madikizela Mandela were the same people who had disowned her.

"Sellouts? We can see you!"

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Madikizela-Mandela's own daughters paid tribute to their mother, with ambassador HRH Zenani Dlamini defending the legacy of a "woman who dared one of the most evil and powerful regimes of the past century and triumphed".

"I am here not to bury Mama, because mothers don't die".

He said he had a conversation with her shortly before her death about her worries and her wishes.

Madikizela Mandela was laid to rest at Fourways Memorial Park.

He was followed by family and other dignitaries who attended the internment after a drive from the Orlando Stadium.

Malema also said that Ramaphosa was Madikizela-Mandela's President and not Zuma, who had ignored her.