Thousands gather in Soweto for Winnie funeral

WATCH: Thousands gather in Soweto for Winnie funeral

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's funeral service got underway at Orlando Stadium early on Saturday morning.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Thousands of supporters, dignitaries, local and foreign activists, and political leaders all gathered at Orlando Stadium to bid a final farewell to the woman affectionately known as 'the mother of the nation'.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela died at the Milpark hospital in Johannesburg on the 2nd of April.

"South Africans have taken the responsibility to carry mama's coffin high and raise our fists much higher, in a form of saying to her: we remember what you have done," said Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane.

Supporters again lined the streets, many raising a clenched fist, as her body was taken from her home to the stadium for the last time.

Singing started early at the stadium as mourners patiently waited for the ceremony to get underway.

Among those expected to address the service include her daughters, grandchildren and political leaders.

EFF leader Julius Malema, and senior ANC officials Jeff Radebe and Fikile Mbalula are also expected to pay tribute while President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the eulogy.

Madikizela-Mandela will be laid to rest in Fourways.

Traffic police has advised motorists to avoid William Nicol, Witkoppen and Cedar roads between midday and 13:30 - as the funeral procession makes its way to the cemetery.

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