Even though I didn't know her in person, we love our mother. "She never stopped serving", he told reporters.
On Saturday, a 21-gun salute will be fired and a full honour guard is expected to escort Winnie's remains to her final resting place.
According to Mkhabane, Madikizela-Mandela used to talk to the Detainees Parents Support Committee to try and encourage the parents of political detainees to get their children to return to school and get an education.
Those who notice such things would have realized that her 2013 book, 491 Days-which tells the story of the brutality she experienced at the hands of the Apartheid state, the depths of her despair and her extraordinary resilience and defiance under extreme pressure-was already an invitation for a deep re-evaluation of her life. "She never stopped serving", civil rights leader Jesse Jackson said Friday.
Some ANC members started attempts to drown out Malema by booing and singing, but he continued and called on Soweto residents to never forget her name.
Often called the "Mother of the Nation" and "Mama Winnie", Madikizela-Mandela fought to keep South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle in the worldwide spotlight while her husband, Nelson Mandela, was imprisoned.
It took a toll.
In 1991, a court found Madikizela-Mandela guilty of the boy's kidnapping and assault and sentenced her to six years in jail. Madikizela-Mandela died on April 2 at 81.
They were accused of the disappearances and killings of at least 18 boys and young men and the group's leader was convicted of killing a 14-year-old boy, nicknamed "Stompie", bwho was accused of being a police informer.
Following Makhura was a friend of Madikizela-Mandela only identified as Mrs Mokgobo.
Similarly, the ANC also prevented the struggle stalwart from speaking at the funeral of late former ANC Youth League president and party NEC member Peter Mokaba, although she was the president of the ANCWL and the league was on the funeral programme that day.
Mr Mandela divorced her in 1996, claiming infidelity and saying that after his release from prison, his wife made him "the loneliest man".
After Mandela was imprisoned, Madikizela-Mandela embraced her personal management within the freedom wrestle with steely willpower and at nice private sacrifice.
Mandela-Dlamini, her elder daughter, accused the media of being complicit in an extended "smear marketing campaign" towards her mom. Praising her now in her death show how hypocritical we are as a nation.
Tembisa resident Simphiwe Nzekeni said: "We are here for mama, there is a lot she has done for us and the struggle will still continue". She bore witness to our suffering.