- President Cyril Ramaphosa will visit Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s home village in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday
- It is Ramaphosa’s first stop in the province which will also host a memorial service in Bizana
- Locals have been stopping at the Madikizela family homestead to pay their respects
Only a few weeks ago, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela joined President Cyril Ramaphosa to check her voter registration details at a voting station in Soweto, and now Ramaphosa is on his way to her home village to pay his respects to her family following her death last week.
The President will visit Mama Winnie's village in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday, as the first stop in the province before proceeding to a memorial service in Bizana.
“Even at the darkest moments of our struggle for liberation, Mam’ Winnie was an abiding symbol of the desire of our people to be free,” Ramaphosa said.
“In the midst of repression, she was a voice of defiance and resistance. In the face of exploitation, she was a champion of justice and equality. Throughout her life, she made an everlasting contribution to the struggle through sacrifice and her unyielding determination. Her dedication to the plight of her people gained her the love and the respect of the nation.”
Madikizela-Mandela was discharged from a Johannesburg hospital late in January after being treated for a kidney infection, and had been in and out of hospital all year, Briefly.co.za gathered.
Local residents have been visiting the struggle icon's homestead to pay their respects to her family, while various memorials have been held throughout the country in honour of the "mother of the nation."
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