A house, dubbed Parliament built at the foot of a koppie in Orlando West, Soweto will dependably be recalled by many, poor and rich as a place where the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela lived, giving some assistance to people in the townships.
In an official memorial service held in her honour at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Wednesday, those who knew Madikizela-Mandela described her as a sacrificial pioneer who was constantly prepared to help out.
Madikizela-Mandela did not have any desire to move to the suburbs. She generally needed to be in the township, to give some assistance.
In his keynote address, Deputy President David Mabuza said Mama Winnie, as she was lovingly known was married to a struggle and expecting nothing in return.
“Mama Winnie was a soldier of God. Always ready to lend a helping hand, expecting nothing in return. To put others ahead of herself,” said Deputy President Mabuza.
Political party members including Economic Freedom Fighters, Pan Africanist Congress, African National Congress, Inkatha Freedom Party turned out in their numbers, wearing their courful regalia and singing as one to celebrate the life of the fallen Mather Of The Nation.
Also paying tribute at the memorial service, her grandchildren thanked Mama Winnie as the best Gogo they have ever had.
They commended her as a stylish Gogo who gave birth to queens and kings.
“We will dependably commend your life and legacy,” they said.
Mama Winnie’s daughters Zindzi and Zenani Mandela and former first Lady and spouse to the late Nelson Mandela, Graća Michel, were among those present.
The Deputy President thanked the community of Soweto since becoming aware of Mama Winnie’s passing gathered at her home to celebrate her life.
Madikizela-Mandela will be buried on Saturday at Fourways Memorial Park in a Special Official category 1 Funeral