Former Banyana Banyana captain, Amanda Dlamini has lauded the role that Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela played during the struggle era.

This comes as the nation is in preparation for Mama Winnie’s final send-off on Saturday. Madikizela-Mandela died at the Netcare Milpark Hospital last Monday after suffering from a long illness.

Speaking to SABC News, Dlamini says, “The role that Mama Winnie has played in South Africa, especially for women, is impeccable and I don’t think it can be compared to any role that any icon has played in the country, especially in the African National Congress Women’s League. She is the person that has pioneered the change and equality.”

Dlamini reflects on the moment where Mama Winnie visited the team during the 2010 African Women Championship tournament.

“I think I saw her greatness in 2010, when we hosted the African Women Championship. I think it is her nature that she catered for everyone. She was not someone of a distance, who you couldn’t reach. When we lost the semi-final to qualify for the World Cup, she came down to us on the pitch to encourage us to remain strong.”


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