Bidding Winnie farewell

HUNDREDS of mourners packed the Gompo  Hall  last Sunday for   people arrived to be part of the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s memorial service.  at the Gompo Hall last Sunday.

The  service, co-ordinated by the event, which was held by the Duncan Village zonal leadership, saw leaders and residents of Duncan Village mourning the late passing of  Madikizela-Mandela, who died on April 2, in  Milpark Hospital, Johannesburg at the age of 81 after a long illness.


PAYING TRIBUTE: Women celebrating the life of Winnie Mandela with the #AllBlackWithDoek campaign Picture: SUPPLIED

In attendance at the service  were Deputy Minister of Telecommunications, Stella Ndabeni- Abrahams and  National Executive Committee (NEC) women’s league member  Deborah Nkomose.

Veteran Bella Joyi,  81, who was part of the women’s march to the Union Buildings  in 1956 in protest against the “dompas”    also came to pay her respects.

“It was important for these political women to be part of the service because they are women who know her [Winnie} personally and are following in her footsteps and under her leadership,” deputy secretary of Duncan Village zonal leadership, Desmond Anele Davis, said.

The main speaker of the day was Pam Tshwete of the ANC’s  National Executive Committee (NEC),  of the African National Congress (ANC) who served with Madikizela-Mandela on the national executive committee of the ANC.

Davis said:  “We chose to hold this memorial service in our city as it is a significant event to celebrate the life and times of Mam’ Winnie who played a role in the fight against apartheid.”  Davis.

The official funeral proceedings will be held at Orlando Stadium, Soweto, on Saturday.



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