Constitution Hill to honour Mama Winnie with photo exhibition

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Constitution Hill’s manager of Heritage, Education and Tourism, Reuben Phasha says they will honour Winnie Madikizela- Mandela with a photographic exhibition.

The exhibition will showcase Mama Winnie’s struggle and life through pictures.

Phasha was speaking during the Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s tribute organised by the Nelson Mandela Foundation at Constitutional Hill, Johannesburg.

He says it is only right for the Hill to honour Mama Winnie, as the place had significance in her life.

“It was a place where Mama Winnie was arrested, she was brought here in 1958, for the first time, she was pregnant and she was held in solitary confinement.”

Many of the speakers praised Madikizela-Mandela as an extra ordinary figure.

Filmmaker Anant Singh says, “She (Winnie) was a giant amongst women and men.”

Mama Winnie has also been remembered as a champion of the poor.

Former minister of finance, Trevor Manuel says, “Hers was an ongoing struggle on behalf of others, a struggle for the downtrodden and the poor.”

Yvonne Chaka Chaka related a conversation she had with Madikizela-Mandela shortly before her death, “Mama Winnie called me and asked me to mentor Zahara after she had heard that the young musician was facing some problems.”

It is now a week since Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s passing and tributes and memorials for the struggle stalwart have been on going, ahead of the 14th April funeral.  The funeral will be held at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, not too far from where she spent most of her adult life.

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