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South Africa's anti-apartheid heroine Winnie Mandela laid to rest
Madikizela-Mandela's death on April 2 at the age of 81 after a long illness was met by an outpouring of emotion across the country, with the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and opposition parties holding memorials in remembrance of her courage in the struggle to end white-minority rule.
Anti-apartheid heroine Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Anti-apartheid heroine Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Thousands of mourners gathered in South Africa's Soweto township on Saturday (April 14) to bid farewell to anti-apartheid heroine Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. The funeral ceremony united the nation as people from various political divides celebrated her life.

 

Madikizela-Mandela's death on April 2 at the age of 81 after a long illness was met by an outpouring of emotion across the country, with the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and opposition parties holding memorials in remembrance of her courage in the struggle to end white-minority rule.

 

Mourners sang and cheered as Madikizela-Mandela's body was brought into the Orlando stadium where the funeral service was taking place.

 

The official funeral service for the ex-wife of the late Nelson Mandela was taking place on Saturday morning in Soweto - a Johannesburg township at the forefront of the battle against apartheid where she lived.

 

The burial ceremony will take place later in the day, ending a nearly two-week mourning period declared by the government.

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