After succumbing to a long illness, anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was laid to rest in Johannesburg, South Africa on April 14, 2018. The complicated figure received an official burial from the African National Congress, South Africa's ruling party and the party of her former husband, Nelson Mandela, who served as South Africa's President from 1994 to 1999. Tens of thousands of mourners filled the stadium where the official service was held. (Pictured above: a memorial to Madikizela-Mandela at her home in Soweto.)

At Winnie Mandela's Funeral

Thousands attended the ceremony on April 14, 2018.

After succumbing to a long illness, anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was laid to rest in Johannesburg, South Africa on April 14, 2018. The complicated figure received an official burial from the African National Congress, South Africa's ruling party and the party of her former husband, Nelson Mandela, who served as South Africa's President from 1994 to 1999. Tens of thousands of mourners filled the stadium where the official service was held. (Pictured above: a memorial to Madikizela-Mandela at her home in Soweto.) Flowers and Song Charlie Shoemaker/Getty Images Flowers and Song Women gather at Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's home in Soweto on April 12, 2018. In the days leading up to her funeral, many paid tribute to the "Mother of the Nation." Last Respects Charlie Shoemaker/Getty Images Last Respects Mourners line the streets as Madikizela-Mandela's body is transported home on April 13, 2018, the day before her funeral. Saying Goodbye GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images Saying Goodbye A mourner waits for Madikizela-Mandela's hearse on April 13, 2018. A Massive Gathering Charlie Shoemaker/Getty Images A Massive Gathering Thousands attend the state ceremony at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto on April 14, 2018. All in Green Charlie Shoemaker/Getty Images All in Green Women dressed in green honor Madikizela-Mandela at her funeral. Her Daughters Remember WIKUS DE WET/AFP/Getty Images Her Daughters Remember Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's daughters, Zenani Mandela-Diamini (left) and Zindzi Mandela (center), and granddaughter (right) address the crowd at her funeral. "Long before it was fashionable to call for Nelson Mandela's release from Robben Island," Zenani Mandela-Diamini said, "it was my mother who kept his memory alive." Beyond Fashion WIKUS DE WET/AFP/Getty Images Beyond Fashion Model Naomi Campbell also spoke at Madikizela-Mandela's funeral, calling her "the epitome of courage and strength" and a "heroine of the whole continent." A Moving Eulogy GULSHAN KHAN/AFP/Getty Images A Moving Eulogy The Reverend Jesse Jackson attended the ceremonies as well, as did South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who delivered the official eulogy. "Her life was dedicated to the unity of the daughters and sons of the African soil," he said. "Her life was dedicated to the unity of the oppressed of all nations. In death‚ she has brought us all together‚ from near and far‚ across many nations and continents‚ to mourn‚ to pay homage‚ to remember and to fondly reminisce. In death, she has demonstrated that our many differences along political party and racial lines and the numerous disputes we may have are eclipsed by our shared desire to follow her lead in building a just‚ equitable and caring society."
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