The late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has been laid to rest at the Fourways Memorial Park and the period of mourning, as declared by the President following her passing, will end this evening.
The private burial was the culmination of days of mourning, visits by various dignitaries to the Madikizela-Mandela family home in Soweto, a memorial service and the special official funeral at Orlando Stadium earlier today.
Madikizela-Mandela passed away on 2 April at Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg.
Over 40 000 mourners attended the funeral service at Orlando Stadium on Saturday, with millions watching the live broadcast on tv and radio, testament to the people’s love for Mama Winnie.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on South Africans to honour the memory of Madikizela-Mandela, by uniting in a common purpose to heal the divisions of the past and eradicate inequality.
Former Presidents Jacob Zuma, Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe as well Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso and Namibian President Hage Geingob were among the dignitaries who attended the funeral to pay their final respects.
President Geingob said he had come to mourn and celebrate the life of Madikizela-Mandela, who remained rooted in her people.
She is survived by her daughters Zenani Mandela-Dlamini and Zindzi Mandela as well as her grandchildren