- Renata has been in South Africa for two months
- She attended Winnie's memorial at Orlando stadium
- She said South Africans celebrated Winnie's life more than they mourned her passing
A Brazilian photographer has shared how she experienced a culture shock from how South Africans mourned the passing of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
Speaking to Times Live, Renata Larroyd said she sensed more celebrating of Winnie's life than mourning.
She has been in South Africa for two months and attended Winnie's memorial at Orlando Stadium, Briefly.co.za learned.
I have seen people singing and dancing and celebrating their cultures where in Brazil‚ it would have been more mourning than celebrating. It also wouldn’t have lasted this many days.
I think the South Africans are also in mourning but they are doing it in a different way. It’s more a celebration [of her life].
Renato, who has been attending a photography workshop at the Market Theatre Foundation, also noted that few white people attended the memorial.
I don’t see a lot of white people and that is disturbing. I have asked about it but they have given me books to be read about her to form my opinion because some believe she was militant. I don’t have any opinions yet but I want to observe.
The photographer also found it "weird" that she was often the only white person in taxis.
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