Joyce Banda pays tribute to ‘mentor’ Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Former president Joyce Banda was among thousands of people who, on Saturday, paid tribute to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela when they gave high profile send off at  funeral ceremony in Soweto, Johannesburg in South Africa.

Joyce Banda: Winnie Mandela was my political mentor 
 Joyce Banda seen at the funeral of Winnie Mandela with former president Mbeki and Zuma
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa with family of late Madikizela-Mandela at the Fourways Memorial Park

The anti-apartheid campaigner and ex-wife of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, died on 2 April.

Banda, who has been leaving  in the US  and South Africa since after losing the 2014 presidential election to President Peter Mutharika, was conspicuously seen seating close to former South African President Thabo Mbeki And Jacob Zuma.

Spokesperson for former president ,  Andekuche Chanthunya, said  Banda could not miss the funeral ceremony, saying she was a family friend to the Mandela family.

“Winnie Mandela was her mentor, the former president was influenced in politics by the former Nelson Mandela’s wife,” said Chanthunya.

He said Banda met Winnie Madikizela-Mandela several times when she was alive.

Banda also spoke at the funeral of Nelson Mandela in 2013, a rare opportunity for African leaders and her speech was monitored world wide and received rare applause.

At the funeral of Winnie, Banda sat next to the wife of former president Thabo Mbeki.

Madikizela-Mandela casket was draped in the national flag, and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the eulogy.

President Ramaphosa described  Madikizela-Mandela as a symbol of resistance who laid bare the edifice of patriarchy. He apologised for only belatedly recognising her contribution.

“I’m sorry, Mama, that your organisation delayed in according you its honour, to this point in time and moment. As president, I will propose that we award you the highest order of our movement, you richly deserve to be awarded”,  Ramaphosa said.

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

Malema called on the government to honour Madikizela-Mandela by naming the Cape Town airport after her.

The firebrand red berets leader was scathing of ANC leaders who‚ he said‚ that “sold out” Madikizela-Mandela during the transition from apartheid to the democratic government.

Model and activist Naomi Campbell broke down in tears on Saturday in front of thousands of mourners gathered for the funeral of Winnie Madikizela Mandela‚ when she paid tribute to the late leader.

She was laid to rest at the Fourways Memorial Park beside her great-granddaughter‚ Zenani.

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4 years ago

Just when did Winnie mentor Abiti. Just don’t use words loosely apa. Look up the word mentor and tell us if meeting someone two times qualifies as mentor. Abitis mentor is Bakili.

4 years ago

No one received an invitation to a funeral. Abiti Kazhigheti went there on her own volition. She sat in Soweto, less than three hours flight to Lilongwe. No heart to fly back to Homeland. She is running away from her own cashgate shadow. But the 40th day will arrive for Abiti Ntila. She once told the world that former Liberian President Johnson Sirleaf was her mentor. How many did she have. No wonder in her cashgate capacity she was not given a platform to churn nonsense. Thanks ANC.

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4 years ago
Reply to  Duli

Abwera pa Munorurama!

4 years ago

Winnie was her personal friend!
Winnie was her mentor!
Joyce met Winnie several times
Joyce sat close to Mbeki and Zuma!
Joyce spoke at Mandela’s funeral!

Chamba eti! Winnie Mandela angacheze ndi bakha ngati ameneyu? Kodi ndipo mwati abwerako liti kunathawira iyeko?

4 years ago

kupitira kudyatu

4 years ago
Reply to  7777999

Mama!! Even a cashgate found,abit Banda! She is here at your funeal,give us signal ..what must we do with her?

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