Join hands for a befitting send off for Mama Winnie

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Deputy President David Mabuza has thanked the leaders of the various political parties represented in Parliament for their unwavering support and commitment in honouring Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

He thanked members of the public for the conduct displayed at the various memorial events taking place throughout the country. 

The Deputy President, who is also the leader of government business, on Tuesday held a briefing session with the leaders of political parties to give them an update on the state of readiness for the memorial and funeral services of the late struggle stalwart, taking place on Wednesday and Saturday.

The meeting was held at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

Political parties were represented by leader of the IFP Mangosuthu Buthelezi, UDM leader Bantu Holomisa, leader of the NFP Nhlanhla Khubisa, leader of the DA Musi Maimane and the Secretary General of the ACDP Raymond Tlaeli.

The Deputy President extended an invitation to all the leaders of the political parties to join hands in ensuring a pleasant and befitting send off for Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. 

Tomorrow the Deputy President will deliver the official address at the Official Memorial Service at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

On Saturday, President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the eulogy at the official funeral. Mama Madikizela-Mandela will then be laid to rest at the Fourways Memorial Park Cemetery.

President Ramaphosa declared a Special Official Funeral Category 1 in line with the Official and Provincial Official Funeral Policy. In this regard, Mama Madikizela-Mandela’s funeral will have elements of both military and ceremonial honours. 

Government has established an Inter-Ministerial Committee led by the Minister in The Presidency, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, to oversee all the necessary logistical arrangements for both the memorial and funeral services. The IMC comprises all relevant stakeholders, including the bereaved family of Mama Madikizela-Mandela.

Madikizela-Mandela passed away on Easter Monday at Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg at the age of 81 after a long illness. –

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