Thousands of mourners gathered in Soweto, South Africa, on Saturday to bid farewell to anti-apartheid heroine, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, in a funeral that united the nation as people from various political divides celebrated her life.
The official funeral service for the ex-wife of the late Nelson Mandela took place on Saturday morning in Soweto, where she lived. The burial ceremony took place later in the day, ending a nearly two-week mourning period declared by the government.
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Mourners sang and cheered as Madikizela-Mandela’s body was brought into the Orlando Stadium where the funeral took place.
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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.