President Cyril Ramaphosa has praised late stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela as a true leader who sacrificed her life for the benefit of others.
He was addressing the Madikizela family and residents of Mbhongweni village, the birth place of Madikizela-Mandela outside Mbizana in the Eastern Cape.
Ramaphosa says Madikizela-Mandela endured so much pain for the country to be free.
“We recognise the role and a contribution that Mama Winnie made. Not only to the people of this country but to the struggle to get all of us to be free. Mama Winnie gave a huge contribution, but in that contribution she suffered a great deal. It is difficult to even imagine the suffering that she went through.”
Meanwhile, Chinese ambassador to South Africa Ling Songtian says Madikizala-Mandela’s commitment to justice has inspired the world to forge a better life for the poorest of the poor.
He was among the over 70 ambassadors and Heads of Missions that visited the Mandela home in Orlando West, Soweto Tuesday afternoon. The diplomats were paying their respects.
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