The final resting place for struggle-Icon, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, is ready for the funeral service that will be held at the Fourways Memorial Park, north Johannesburg on Saturday.

Madikizela-Mandela died at the Netcare Milpark Hospital on April 2. She was 81.

On Friday, hundreds of military personnel from the army, navy and the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) where present at the cemetery to prepare for the burial, which will take place on Saturday.

Madikizela-Mandela will be buried at the Mandela family estate, besides her two great-grandchildren, Zenani and Zonewa. Zenani died in a car accident in 2010 after the Soccer world cup opening ceremony.

Zenawe died in 2011, after being born three months premature. Both were the children of Madikizela-Mandela’s grand-child Zoleka.

A resident who lives close to next to the cemetery says they were told by the cemetery management that no other funeral or event will be taking place on Saturday.

The army has also warned residents that they must expect some noise – as Madikizela-Mandela will be given the 19-gun solute.

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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela funeral programme from SABC News

 

The Gauteng Provincial Government has arranged transport for the funeral service. Six hundred busses have been allocated equitably to all five regions: Tshwane, Johannesburg, West Rand, Sedibeng and Ekurhuleni.