Photos from Winnie Mandela's funeral in South Africa

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President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday called on South Africans to honour the memory of the late struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela by uniting in a common objective to heal the nation's past divisions and eradicate inequality.Paying tribute to Madikizela-Mandela at a colourful but capacity filled 40,000-seat Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Ramaphosa said the fallen leader wanted South Africans to honour the commitment made in the ruling African National Congress' Freedom Charter document drawn up in 1955 that called on the people to share in the country's wealth and that the land should be shared among those who worked on it.

"I will be proposing to the National Executive Committee that the ANC award you the highest honour of our movement, Isithwalandwe. We did not do the same for her", Ramaphosa said.

"We want to let you know that my mother despite all the lies smeared against her was ready to challenge the lies but time did not allow." .

"Mama Winnie and her spirit must be with us all the time".

Mourners sang and cheered as Madikizela-Mandela's body was brought into the Orlando stadium where the funeral service was taking place. Ramaphossa said South Africa has a painful history which characterizes the current situation in the country with anger.

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ANC Women's League President Bathabile Dlamini used her speech to call on government to honour Madikizela-Mandela by declaring a day dedicated to her.

The African National Congress Secretary-General Ace Magashule launched the first wall of remembrance for the ANC stalwart Mama Winifred Madikizela-Mandela.

The film was aired on local television channels and in public screenings in part as a response to the unflattering coverage Madikizela-Mandela's legacy received in the immediate aftermath of her death.

They were accused of the disappearances and killings of at least 18 boys and young men and the group's leader was convicted of killing a 14-year-old boy, nicknamed "Stompie", who was accused of being a police informer.

She would live on in the Palestinian teenager who refused to stand by as he was stripped of his home, heritage and prospects for peace, and in an African-American women still suffering prejudice, and in her organisation, the ANC, as it sought the renewal and unity path that she aspired for.

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Throughout the height of apartheid, she remained at the forefront of the battle, urging others to carry on the fight "to the bitter end" - and she later became known as the "Mother of the Nation". She was reported dead after in a hospital in Johannesburg after a long illness. Madikizela-Mandela denied knowledge of nearly any killings.

Zezani said her family has been comforted and shielded by the love people have showed them. She believed it was her calling to defend and protect both from the constant assaults by the Apartheid State. He continued, "Yet through everything Mama Winnie endured they could not break her, they could not silence her". The same people who sold you out?

There were loud cheers when the radical Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema paid tribute to Mrs Madikizela-Mandela.

As soon as speeches drew to a close, stormy clouds formed over the stadium, followed moments after by heavy rains that drenched mourners and the funeral procession as it drove out to a cemetery 40 kilometres away. She also faced heavy criticism for her infidelity while married to former President Nelson Mandela, which her daughter said would have been ignored were she a man.

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