South Africans on Saturday say goodbye for the last time to Mother of the Nation in an ardent and serious Special Official Funeral service at Orlando Stadium in Soweto.
Heads of State and Government, prominent people from around the globe and leaders of different organisations were in attendance.
In statement on Saturday Government Communication Information System Acting Director-General Phumla Williams said the service united South Africans from across the social and political range in solidarity to respect Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
The more than 40 000 mourners at Orlando Stadium and overflowing facilities around the stadium together with millions of viewers following the proceedings on TV are a testament to the people’s love for Mama Winnie.
The world will remember Winnie Madikizela-Mandela as one of the strongest woman in the struggle against politically-sanctioned racial segregation.
She played a formative role in the resistance to politically-sanctioned racial segregation and in building a non-racist, non-sexist and democratic South Africa.
All South African are forever obliged to the part Mama Winnie played in the country’s liberation.
“Government offers its thanks to every single South African and international community for taking leave of Mama Winnie in the noble and elevating way through tributes, messages of sympathy and memorial services.” said Williams.
Government thanked the Madikizela and Mandela family to share Mama Winnie with the country and the world during her life and in her death.
The family has generously worked with government to make it feasible for every single South African to partake in grieving our stalwart.
Government acknowledges the role played by our security forces who guaranteed a smooth and incident free funeral service and many public servants who worked tirelessly over the week to stage the Special Official State Funeral.
“We thank members of the local and international media for valuably and quietly working with government in the course of recent days and for guaranteeing that this important event reaches every single South African and the world,” said Williams.
On behalf of all South African, said Williams the government extends its best wishes to the Madikizela and Mandela family as they make peace with Mama Winnie’s passing in the coming period.
In the spirit of Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and in honour for her memory it is presently our shared responsibility to continue on shaping a national identity built on mutual respect, tolerance and acceptance.
“Let us reach out those in need us a chance to contact those in require as she would have and take them along on our voyage as we expand on the standards of balance, majority rule government and human rights that Mama Winnie contended so energetically for,” added Williams.