Sunday, January 26, 2020

South African mourners visit home of Madikizela-Mandela

(AP) — Some South Africans are paying tribute to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, visiting the home of the anti-apartheid activist and ex-wife of Nelson Mandela a day after she died.

Women’s league members from South Africa’s ruling party sang outside Madikizela-Mandela’s house in the Soweto area of Johannesburg on Tuesday.

Julius Malema, an opposition leader, later spoke to a crowd of supporters outside the home, saying South Africans must “bid farewell to a giant.”

President Cyril Ramaphosa said Monday that a state funeral will be held for Madikizela-Mandela on April 14. She died at age 81 after an illness.

Madikizela-Mandela was persecuted by the apartheid government, and venerated by many South Africans, because of her activism against white minority rule. Her reputation was sullied by scandals, including a 1991 conviction for kidnapping and assault.

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