South African liberation fighter Winnie Madikizela-Mandela laid to rest with songs, tears and cheers


South Africans bid farewell to liberation fighter Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on Saturday in a stirring funeral service at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, with power salutes, tribute songs, tears and cheers.

Supermodel Naomi Campbell choked back tears as she paid tribute to the woman many called the “Mother of the Nation.”

“I love you. Thank you,” Campbell said.

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.

The succession of memorials and parades since her death on April 2 recalled the outpouring of grief in 2013 after the death of her former husband, Nelson Mandela, who became the face of the South African liberation struggle, partly due to her efforts.

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