Public Service and Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo has called on South Africans to embody the spirit of late struggle stalwart, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

She was speaking at a memorial service to honour Madikizela-Mandela at Plettenberg Bay in the Southern Cape on Thursday.

The service was characterised by struggle songs, with mourners describing her as a defiant leader who stood for what’s right.

Dlodlo says people should hold public servants accountable.

Mam’ Winnie did the same thing with everybody. She held people accountable. She would call you to her house to ask questions on issues she was not happy about or issues that she did not understand. She feared nobody, she feared no authority and we would have seen from her days in the struggle when she confronted the enemy head on.”

Meanwhile, musicians including the likes of Zahara and Lira paid their tribute to Madikizela-Mandela at a concert at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg on Thursday night.