- Ambassador Zenani Dlamini speaking at her mother’s funeral has criticised the late recollections of the role Winnie Mandela played in ending Apartheid
- In a powerful speech punctuated the child who grew up with both her parents taken from her often spoke about how hypocritical it was that people are only celebrating her mother after she has died
- She accused the media in particular of robbing her mother of her legacy during her lifetime
The child who watched her mother being dragged away in handcuffs, who suffered banishment with her mother, who lost her father to prison is angry today. She had harsh words to share at the funeral service of her mother, especially for the media who now seemingly want to “play nice” and celebrate the struggle icon after her death.
“Don’t think for a minute that we have forgotten‚” said a grim faced Zenani Mandela-Dlamini looking out at the crowd, probably into the eyes of particular members of the media. She was speaking of the constant harassment, the ongoing scrutiny Mama Winnie and her children faced throughout their lives.
We at Briefly.co.za felt for her as she initially struggled to speak. She even had to hand the mike to her daughter for a while. But eventually seemingly drawing on the inner strength she had learned from her mother, she spoke her truth to the tens of thousands gathered at Orlando Stadium for the official funeral Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
Zenani blamed the media for robbing her mother of her legacy during her lifetime. She broke down a few times as she spoke of how history depicted the fight against apartheid as a man’s struggle.
She also singled out former police commissioner‚ George Fivaz‚ for “only coming out with the truth after my mother’s death” referring to how Fivaz conceded only this week that there had been efforts by the apartheid state to discredit Madikizela-Mandela.
She reminded those gathered that the fight against injustice wasn’t a “polite picnic” but rather a battle for freedom in which tough actions were taken and hard choices made.
She also spoke up for the memory of her father who, of late, as the memory of Madikizela-Mandela’s struggle is being celebrated, is being discounted some even saying “The wrong Mandela was celebrated” in the wake of the revelations revealed in a documentary aired locally this week.
Zenani reminded the crowd that her mother had never given up on Nelson Mandela. That while he was imprisoned‚ it was her mother who kept his name alive, “even before it was fashionable to do so.”
She urged history to note that Winnie and Nelson Mandela‚ complimented each other, and each had their own strengths which were brought to bear in the battle.
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