February 17, 2020

Raila represents Government at Winnie Mandela’s burial in South Africa

Large crowds thronged Orlando Stadium in Soweto, South Africa for the funeral of the anti-apartheid campaigner Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on Saturday (14/4/18).

Opposition leader Raila Odinga joined thousands of mourners in South Africa where the campaigner was given a high-level send-off before her burial in Johannesburg.

Raila represented the Government at the burial of the late Winnie. The former Prime Minister was seen in a photo wearing a badge written, “presidential official” indicating that he represented the Kenyan Government at the send off.

In his tribute to the late Winnie, Raila said she will never be forgotten for what she did in South Africa.

“She gave South Africa her all, gained much in terms of bringing freedom to her people, and lost so much at a personal level in the process. Her place in history is cast in stone here in the land of many heroes and victims and among the human race in general,” Raila pointed out.

The ODM leader met with Deputy President David Mabuza, International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, Former President Thabo Mbeki, H.E Paulino José Macaringue, and other dignitaries before the memorial service at the Orlando Stadium.

Raila and his wife Ida Odinga left at around 8am for Johannesburg from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on Friday.

Winnie Mandela died on April 2 in a Johannesburg hospital after a long illness at the age of 81.

Nelson Mandela met Winnie in 1957, when he was still married to Evelyn Mase.

Winnie was 22 years old and standing at a bus stop in Soweto when Mandela first saw her and charmed her, securing a lunch date the following week.

The couple married in 1958 and had two daughters, Zenani (born 1958) and Zindziwa (born 1960).

Mandela was arrested and jailed in 1963, and was not released until 1990.

After Mr Mandela was imprisoned by the apartheid regime, Winnie became an international symbol of resistance to apartheid.

She too was jailed for her role in opposing white minority rule.

To her supporters, she became known affectionately as “Mother of the Nation”.

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