Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Lechesa Tsenoli, on behalf of Parliament, joined hundreds of people who stuffed St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town on Thursday night to pay tribute to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
Tsenoli depicted Madikizela-Mandela as a pioneer parliamentarian of democratic South Africa and a freedom champion who had stood four-square with poor people and average workers.
“Her devotion, duty and steadfastness to the struggle roused, yet not just women over the African landmass and on the planet.
“She has passed on as we approach, in a matter of weeks, our 24th anniversary as a free nation. While incredible advance has been improved in accomplishing a life for the vast majority, still the levels of destitution disparity and joblessness stays high, said Tsenoli.
“While faithful, she never spared her own government, so from criticism about failure to manage these issues. She saw no logical inconsistency in being faithful and critical to the movement. She often exemplified the correct, practical, taking of steps not only to help people but to agitate them, too, to be organised and act themselves, added Tsenodi.
Tsenoli said her banishment to Brandfort in the Free State basically tested her and the movement to be imaginative in keeping in contact, getting briefings, giving initiative and being useful in her neighborhood.
“Her underground work while there was a gigantic middle finger to the oppressors,” said Tsenodi.
Tsenodi was reflecting on the tries to “break her both in her own right as a revolutionary and as a wife to another, the apartheid state fizzled.
“Her life showed the view that the private is public and the personal is political,” added Tsenodi.
The government will host her memorial service at Orlando Stadium, Soweto, on April 11 followed by a funeral service on April 14.