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Winnie and Nelson Mandela

Member of the leftist party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), also attended in large numbers.

Saturday's event marks the end of a 10-day national mourning that saw thousands of South Africans pay tribute to the "Mother of the Nation" at her Soweto home and elsewhere.

"She confronted gun-carrying white men who were sworn killers of the apartheid defence force throughout the long years of the state of emergency in the 1980s".

Zukiswa Madikizela is one of Madikizela-Mandela's sisters, she says the family will miss the struggle stalwarts greatly.

"Mama never depended on anyone but the members of the MKMVA zone 11 her zone for close protection, because she did not believe in getting an outsider to protect her. It is important to honour her and continue the fight".

The EFF leader addressed thousands of mourners in Soweto before the body was taken to the final resting place.

Also present at the service were South Africa's former presidents Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma, as well as foreign dignitaries from Kenya, Namibia, and Lesotho. Mourners booed when the presence of scandal-tainted Zuma was publicly acknowledged.

Also in attendance of Winnie's funeral was the civil rights leader Jesse Jackson.

President Uhuru Kenyatta caused a stir in South Africa on Saturday morning as the country paid its last respect to liberation hero Winnie Mandela.

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Addressing funeral attendees at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Malema told ANC leaders it was amusing that her ANC and UDF "sellouts" unashamedly attended the funeral and were crying the loudest for her now that she was dead.

"I was not aware of what she has done for us and I am still shocked after I learned the truth about the extent to which she went to fight for us, - being a black woman in a male-dominated country".

Winnie would later be reprieved after a court overturned her theft conviction but gave her a suspended sentence of three years and six months for fraud.

The United Nations staged a special memorial sitting at its NY headquarters on Friday to mark her passing.

Many South Africans have stood up for Madikizela-Mandela's reminiscence towards critics who characterised her as a problematic determine who was implicated in political violence after she returned from years of banishment in a rural city.

Most of her 38-year marriage to Nelson was spent apart, leaving her to raise their two daughters alone as she kept his political dream alive.

Winnie Mandela is celebrated for holding together Nelson Mandela's shared dream for an anti-apartheid South Africa.

Tens of hundreds of individuals sang, cheered and cried because the flag-draped casket of anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was escorted from her official funeral on Saturday.

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