Public urged to be part of Madikizela-Mandela’s guard of honour

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The family of the late struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela urges members of the public to be part of a guard of honour that will accompany her body from a funeral parlour to her Soweto home on Friday.

Madikizela Mandela’s body will depart from the Kupane Funeral Parlour at 14h00.

The family invites members of the community to form this guard of honour along the following route:

It will start at Sofasonke Street from the first big circle and turn right and continue along Sofasonke Street straight across the bridge. From there it will cross Klipspruit Road, which becomes Khumalo Street. It will then turn left into Mothipa Street before finally turning left into Maseli Street towards Winnie Madikezela-Mandela’s Residence.

The funeral vehicles will stop at the bottom of Maseli Street from where men from Mandela Family will conduct traditional rituals before offloading the casket from the vehicle. The casket will then be carried by the male grandchildren who will be followed by the men from the Mandela and Madikizela families.

It is expected that this will be quite a sombre moment, the casket bearers and family members slowly proceeding into the family home.

The family urges those wishing to salute Mrs Madikizela-Mandela to position themselves along this route as it will not be possible for people to enter the family home because of the number of people expected.

The Mandela family are deeply grateful for the outpouring of love and support since they announced the death of their mother.

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