“Madikizela-Mandela is a leading light in struggle for freedom in Africa”

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African Union Commission Chairperson, Moussa Faki, has visited the home of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in Orlando West in Soweto after the passing of the struggle icon. She died on Monday at the age of 81.  The Chadian politician is among a string of dignitaries to pay a visit of respect to the home.

He has described Madikizela-Mandela as a leading light in the struggle for freedom in Africa. All flags across the country and at all South African missions abroad are flying at half-mast until the evening of Madikizela-Mandela’s funeral.

Twelve days of national mourning have been declared. President Cyril Ramaphosa says her special official funeral will take place on Saturday the 14 April.

The tributes to a stalwart of South Africa come as the US remembers their stalwart in their civil rights struggle – Martin Luther King Junior. He was assassinated 50 years ago in Memphis. King confronted racism head on especially in the south of the US where racism still remains a major concern.

The US cleric and civil rights activist is best remembered for his “I have a dream speech” to a quarter of a million people in Washington in 1963.

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