Livestream of Winnie Mandela’s official funeral
SOWETO – Anti-apartheid icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has been laid to rest
Her official funeral service is being held at Orlando Stadium in Soweto.
On Friday, hundreds of people lined the streets of Soweto to see the funeral procession.
Flags are flying at half-mast as South Africans prepare to bid her a final farewell.
A black hearse carrying the body of Mandela, one of the most divisive figures in the anti-apartheid struggle, slowly drove from her house to Orlando Stadium on Saturday morning.
Mandela, who died in Johannesburg aged 81 on 2 April after a long illness, was celebrated for keeping her husband Nelson Mandela’s dream of a non-racial South Africa alive during his 27-year imprisonment.
“There were times when people could not afford a funeral and she would assist,” said neighbour Gloria Searole.
“She was very generous. It is a pity that all these things were not known. She was an exceptional woman, she was fearless.”
President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead the mourners at a pre-burial service due to start at 9am on Saturday at Soweto’s 37,000-capacity Orlando stadium.
American civil rights activist Jesse Jackson is in attendance , as are the presidents of Namibia and the Republic of Congo.
“She is truly the mother of South Africa,” Jackson told journalists on Friday.