- Graca Machel paid an emotional tribute to her “big sister”‚ the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela‚ on Monday at Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg
- Machel was speaking at the Nelson Mandela Foundation tribute, and reminded the audience to express their love for people while they were still around
- She said she had not fully processed the loss of Mama Winnie
The late Nelson Mandela's widow, Graca Machel, told audiences that it would have been wonderful for Mama Winnie to hear their praise while she was still alive.
Machel was paying tribute to the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who passed away at 81, after fighting illness.
“It is too early‚ really too early for us to be able to process the pain we are going through. As a nation‚ we tend to wake up‚ to realise who are the people who have made us as a nation‚ people who sacrificed so much for us. We tend only to wake up and to recognise them when they leave‚” said Machel.
Briefly.co.za gathered Machel's tribute speech was because she felt that South Africa would have done better to honour the life of the struggle icon while she was alive.
“Can you imagine‚ how wonderful it would have been for Mama to sit amongst us‚ to listen to all those tributes which have been outpouring...Don’t you think it would have been only fair that she would hear‚ and listen from all segments of our society who united and they forgot all the small differences and came together simply as her children and told her ‘mama‚ we love you’‚ don’t you think it would have been so wonderful?
“Don’t you think it would have been great for her to have all the untruths that were allowed to live with us about her life to be cleared while she is still amongst us‚” Machel said.
Machel said she was highlighting the importance of appreciating people while they were still alive because she was not sure if Mama was “absorbing” all the heartfelt tributes.
Machel added that the pain of losing Mama Winnie had not quite sunk in yet, and she was still processing the loss.
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