South Africans mourn Winnie Mandela in a massive funeral – Erie News Now


By Faith Karimi, Laura Smith-Spark and Eleni Giokos CNN

SOWETO, South Africa (CNN) — South Africans gathered Saturday to bid farewell to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, an anti-apartheid icon hailed as the mother of a nation and a political force.

Crowds packed Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg’s Soweto township for the funeral following a private service at the home of Madikizela-Mandela, the former wife of the late Nelson Mandela, who served as South Africa’s President after fighting for decades to deliver the nation from apartheid.

Mourners followed her coffin in procession into the stadium, where the funeral began with the singing of the national anthem.

Her daughter, Zenani Mandela-Dlamini, was among the speakers at the funeral. Dignitaries also included Presidents of the Republic of Congo and…

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