Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Ramaphosa dedicates Maya Angelou's famous poem to Madikizela-Mandela

Winnie and Nelson Mandela Winnie and Nelson Mandela
| 15 April, 2018, 01:16

The flag-draped casket of South African liberation fighter Winnie Madikizela-Mandela arrives at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto for her funeral Saturday.

Hundreds of mourners sang "there's no-one like Winnie", an adapted popular liberation struggle song.

In a moving, yet fiery eulogy, her daughter slammed her mother's critics.

"Over the past week and a half it's become clear that South Africa, and indeed the world, holds men and women to different standards of morality", said Mandela-Dlamini.

"Praising her now that she has gone displays what hypocrites you have been", she explained during her speech.

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday called on South Africans to honour the memory of the late struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela by uniting in a common goal to heal the nation's past divisions and eradicate inequality.Paying tribute to Madikizela-Mandela at a colourful but capacity filled 40,000-seat Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Ramaphosa said the fallen leader wanted South Africans to honour the commitment made in the ruling African National Congress' Freedom Charter document drawn up in 1955 that called on the people to share in the country's wealth and that the land should be shared among those who worked on it.

"I'm sorry, Mama, that your organisation delayed in according you its honour, to this point in time and moment".

EFF leader Julius Malema, an admirer of Madikizela-Mandela who echoes her fiery rhetoric, said she had always put the country "above her own personal safety" in the fight against apartheid.

The funeral procession leaves the Orlando Stadium.

As evidence emerged in the dying years of apartheid of the brutality of her Soweto enforcers, known as the "Mandela United Football Club", some South Africans questioned her "Mother of the Nation" soubriquet.


Winnie Mandela, who died in Johannesburg aged 81 on April 2 after a long illness, has been celebrated for helping keep Nelson Mandela's dream of a non-racial South Africa alive while he was behind bars for 27 years. "She fought from beginning to the end". The crowd, which included former presidents Jacob Zuma, Kgalema Motlanthe and Thabo Mbeki, roared in approval.

American civil rights activist Jesse Jackson is expected to attend, as are the presidents of Namibia and the Republic of Congo.

Her "steely leadership...gave strength to us all".

She was an African woman who - in her attitude, her words and her actions - defied the very premise of apartheid ideology and male superiority.

Earlier on Saturday morning, Gauteng premier David Mahura said in his welcoming to the service that the "truth will triumphantly march forward to tell us who" Madikizela-Mandela was. She said the world came to know about Nelson Mandela through the late Madikizela Mandela.

Her body was buried at a privately run graveyard in Johannesburg's upmarket Fourways suburb where two of her great-grand children are also buried. The emotionally charged official funeral began in Soweto, where she lived until her death.

Tough, determined, resilient and proud, she withstood imprisonment, solitary confinement, banishment and years of harassment by South African apartheid authorities.

The funeral ended more than a week of mourning for Mandikizela-Mandela, one of the last of the generation of revered anti-apartheid leaders who won freedom for their people.

Recalling a recent conversation with her daughter Zenani Dlamini, he said she cried when she said her mother had lived a hard life.

Recommended

  • Volkswagen names new CEO

    Volkswagen names new CEO

    Predecessor Martin Winterkorn fell victim to the company's scandal over cars rigged to cheat on diesel emissions tests. Matthias Mueller steps down as chairman of the board of management by mutual agreement, effective immediately.
    President Trump: US strikes on Syria... 'now underway'

    President Trump: US strikes on Syria... 'now underway'

    Last year, the US launched missile strikes on a Syrian air base in response to a sarin gas attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun. He said a chemical attack had likely occurred and hoped inspectors would be in place within a week to prove it.
    Delta Air Lines' revenue soars, but profit burdened by fuel, storms

    Delta Air Lines' revenue soars, but profit burdened by fuel, storms

    Global Trust Asset Management LLC purchased a new position in Delta Air Lines in the fourth quarter valued at about $185,000. Nwq Investment Management Company Llc bought 121,062 shares as the company's stock declined 3.16% with the market.
  • US 'Acted Appropriately' with Syria Strikes

    US 'Acted Appropriately' with Syria Strikes

    UK Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed Britain's involvement in the intervention. "We would have preferred an alternative path". Syrian television reported that a scientific research center had been hit.
    Kylie Jenner Sends Love to Khloe Kardashian After She Gives Birth!

    Kylie Jenner Sends Love to Khloe Kardashian After She Gives Birth!

    According to the Daily Mail , Kylie Jenner is the only member of her family who has not been avoiding social media lately. The entrepreneur held tight to a Louis Vuitton traveling bag with one hand, opting to wear her dark tresses in a bun.
    Azerbaijan maintains constructive, friendly relations with SCO members: Ilham Aliyev

    Azerbaijan maintains constructive, friendly relations with SCO members: Ilham Aliyev

    Ilham Aliyev was re-elected in 2008 and 2013 in polls that were denounced by opposition parties as fraudulent. The election commission said turnout was about 75 percent and there were no complaints about irregularities.
  • West hesitates on Syria response as Russian Federation  warns of 'war'

    West hesitates on Syria response as Russian Federation warns of 'war'

    He met his national security team later in the day and "no final decision has been made", the White House said in a statement. Vassily Nebenzia, Moscow's U.N. ambassador said he "cannot exclude" war between the United States and Russian Federation .
    Netflix looks to hire binge-watchers to rate shows, movies

    Netflix looks to hire binge-watchers to rate shows, movies

    Finally, Technology Crossover Management VIII Ltd. boosted its position in shares of Netflix by 40.5% during the 4th quarter. Blue Fin Capital Inc sold 4,435 shares as the company's stock declined 17.45% with the market. (NASDAQ:NFLX).
    Maharashtra BJP MLAs caught on tape 'snacking' during fast

    Maharashtra BJP MLAs caught on tape 'snacking' during fast

    Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani and Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das took part in the fast in their respective states.
  • Ghazni District Retaken After Deadly Attack

    Ghazni District Retaken After Deadly Attack

    Rahmani said the district is very close to the provincial capital, Ghazni city. Nine other security personnel were also wounded.
    Oscar winning Czech director Milos Forman dies aged 86

    Oscar winning Czech director Milos Forman dies aged 86

    At the time, Forman was in Paris, in negotiations for Taking Off , a USA production about the youth protest movement. One Few Over the Cuckoo's Nest starred Jack Nicholson and won five Oscars in 1976, while 1984's Amadeus won eight.
    Markets Right Now: US stocks gain, led by tech and banks

    Markets Right Now: US stocks gain, led by tech and banks

    Stocks are clawing back much of the ground they lost in an early tumble and are trading mixed at midday on Wall Street . The S&P 500 posted six new 52-week highs and two new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 46 new highs and 27 new lows.

Sunny weekend days for Modesto, then more rain Sunny weekend days for Modesto, then more rain The green/red lines to the left of the solid blue line (which I point out with an arrow) show a shallow layer of cold air. For comparison, mid 80s is what we see for highs in the height of summer and mid 30s is typical for the dead of winter.

Priyanka Chopra proud of Mary Kom's Commonwealth Games win Priyanka Chopra proud of Mary Kom's Commonwealth Games win India's women's hockey team turned in an embarrassing performance in the bronze medal round against England and was thrashed 6-0. Except the last few punches that she received, Mary Kom remained on top throughout to get the yellow metal.

Relief for Liverpool as Bayern Munich appoint new coach Relief for Liverpool as Bayern Munich appoint new coach Kovac has overseen the most global dressing room in the Bundesliga, with 18 different nationalities represented at the club. After former Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel rejected an offer, announcing he will join a big European club overseas .

Mother was drunk when Hart family SUV plunged into ocean, police say Mother was drunk when Hart family SUV plunged into ocean, police say The California Highway Patrol, reached Friday afternoon by The Oregonian/OregonLive, couldn't confirm the Associated Press report. Police had previously said they believed the Hart family died in a suicide plunge from a scenic overlook.

Google Testing Self Destructing Email For Gmail Google Testing Self Destructing Email For Gmail In addition, the sender is given the option to set an expiration time/date for the email ranging from hours to years. Mashable said that Google has left no hints as to what the update will mean for your personal email use, though.

UK: Russia spied on ex-double agent Sergei Skripal for years UK: Russia spied on ex-double agent Sergei Skripal for years The letter adds that Russian intelligence services "view at least some of its defectors as legitimate targets for assassination". He said it included investigating ways of delivering nerve agents by applying them to door handles.

Chevrolet Camaro Unveiled With Turbo 1LE Chevrolet Camaro Unveiled With Turbo 1LE The Camaro is set to have a couple of variations of the front end for the different trims to help better differentiate them. The 2019 Chevy Camaro lineup is getting a slight overhaul with new designs and updated tech and performance features.

Yohan Blake defeated by South Africa's Akani Simbine Yohan Blake defeated by South Africa's Akani Simbine Teenager Eileen Cikamatana became the first Fijian woman to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal as the island nations dominated. South Africa's Caster Semenya looked in imperious form as she qualified fastest for Tuesday's 1500m final.

Sen. Dick Durbin puts a spotlight on Facebook and privacy Sen. Dick Durbin puts a spotlight on Facebook and privacy Just yesterday, New York Times writer Brian Chen downloaded every piece of his personal data that the social network was storing. Sputnik: Zuckerberg's talking about the fact that we shouldn't overregulate social media and other tech companies.

Tristan Thompson booed at Cavaliers game after cheating scandal surfaced online Tristan Thompson booed at Cavaliers game after cheating scandal surfaced online Thompson was spotted at a club in New York City on Saturday, April 7 with a brunette - Instagram model Lani Blair . I feel so bad for Khloe now because she is pregnant and I want her to know but at the same time I don't.

'Avengers: Infinity War' Presales On a Record-Breaking Track 'Avengers: Infinity War' Presales On a Record-Breaking Track It'll be interesting to see what Avengers: Infinity War has in store for Tony Stark and if he'll survive Thanos or not. Lastly, Mark Ruffalo calls Downey Jr.as the "godfather" among the Avengers cast because of the journey he has made.

Cynthia Nixon joined Eric B and Rakim on stage in NY Cynthia Nixon joined Eric B and Rakim on stage in NY An influential liberal organization is backing Cynthia Nixon over incumbent Andrew Cuomo in the race for NY governor. Nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized the recreational use of marijuana.

Khloe Kardashian Is 'Completely Devastated' Over Tristan Thompson Cheating Allegations Khloe Kardashian Is 'Completely Devastated' Over Tristan Thompson Cheating Allegations However, with his hood up in the pictures, it is hard to confirm it is him or see what exactly happened between the two. Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson have found themselves at the centre of some nasty " cheating " speculation.

Third-party fix services will not void your warranty — FTC Third-party fix  services will not void your warranty — FTC The companies are given 30 days to update their websites and comply with the USA federal law before the FTC takes further action. The Xbox One has a sticker that, if broken or removed, implies to Microsoft that a third party has opened the device.

Betts Leads Sox In 14-1 Rout Of Yanks Betts Leads Sox In 14-1 Rout Of Yanks The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry headlines Wednesday's slate of matches and Ben Steele offers up his best bets for tonight's action. Through 10 games, the team sits alone atop the AL East and shares the best record (9-1) in the league with the New York Mets.