All systems go for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela memorial

All systems go for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela memorial

The life of late struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela will be remembered at the Orlando Stadium on Wednesday.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Photo by Gaopalelwe Phalaetsile.

She will be laid to rest in Fourways in Johannesburg on Saturday. 

Government's Inter-Ministerial Committee on state funerals, led by Minister in the Presidency Nkosazana Dlamani-Zuma, briefed the media on the arrangements on Tuesday. 

Deputy President David Mabuza will deliver the keynote address at the memorial service on Wednesday. 

"The memorial service programe will include tributes from the family, from organisations mama worked with and artists will render cultural items. There will be other memorial events held across the country by different organisations," says Dlamini-Zuma.

She says South Africans are all welcome to be part of the proceedings and buses will be available at different pick-up points across the province.

The roads around the stadium will be closed to traffic. 

The official funeral will begin at Madikizela-Mandela's Orlando West home at 6am and proceed to the Orlando Stadium from 8am. 

The proceedings at the cemetry in Fourways, where Madikizela-Mandela will be buried alongside her late granddaughter Zenani, will be private.

Madikizela-Mandela's eulogy will be delivered by President Cyril Ramaphosa. 

Buses will also be provided to allow mourners from across the province to attend the funeral. 

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