South Africa Bids Emotional Farewell to 'Mama Winnie' Mandela

Several global dignitaries are expected to attend the funeral of late South African anti-apartheid icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in Johannesburg on Saturday, APA learnt here.Among those expected to attend are Namibian President Hage Geingob and United States civil rights activist Jesse Jackson.

Government moved the memorial service from Regina Mundi Catholic Church in Soweto to the stadium.

As the crowds gather in their numbers for her memorial service, here are 6 quotes Madikizela-Mandela will always be remembered for. The most popular item on sale was the doek - a symbol that has been related to the liberation fighter since her death last week Monday.

Clenched fists were raised throughout, saluting the beloved "Mother of the Nation" as she was affectionately known as. And she'd say: 'Darling, I don't think I would be able to sleep.

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For husband and wife, it was a crowning moment that led four years later to the end of centuries of white domination when Mandela became South Africa's first black president. "She gave without expecting anything in return", Mabuza said.

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Emmy nominated actress Thuso Mbedu, who has also created a monologue, told TshisaLIVE that she spent days studying Ma Winnie's life.

A memorial was also held in the town of Brandfort where Winnie Mandela was kept under house arrest for eight years.

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In 1990 the world watched when Nelson Mandela finally walked free from prison - hand-in-hand with Winnie.

He was speaking outside Madikizela-Mandela's home in Orlando‚ ahead of the arrival of her body.

During her old age, she re-emerged as a respected elder who was feted as a living reminder of the late Mandela - and of the long and celebrated struggle against apartheid. Click any of these buttons below!

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