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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela to be buried in Fourways on 14 April

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Struggle stalwart, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela will be given an official state funeral in Soweto, and will be buried in Fourways, President Cyril Ramaphosa said.

The Presidency announced in a statement on Tuesday, 3 April 2018 that Madikizela-Mandela will be honoured with Special Official Funeral Category 1. This is reserved “for persons of extraordinary credentials specifically designated by the President of Republic of South Africa,” Ramaphosa said.

”Mam Winnie deserves the highest respect our nation can demonstrate in honour of a patriot and citizen who served our nation and humanity at large with distinction during our liberation struggle and throughout our democratic dispensation,” the president added.

The funeral will take place at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Saturday, 14 April 2018 while the official memorial service will take place at the Regina Mundi Catholic Church three days before the funeral. The National Flag will also be flown at half mast throughout the country until the evening of the icon’s funeral.

Known affectionately as the “Mother of the Nation,” Madikizela-Mandela passed away in a hospital in Johannesburg on Monday, 2 April 2018 after a long illness.

Meanwhile, tributes continue to pour in for Madikizela Mandela.

Speaking to the SABC following her passing, African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General, Ace Magashule said, “We mourn the passing of this great patriot and Pan Africanist, whose resilience and courage inspired freedom struggles not only in South Africa, but across Africa and her diaspora.”

The ANC Women’s League says that she was an “encouraging figure in the fight against patriarchy and male chauvinism in and outside of politics.”

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