ANC delays response to Winnie furore


He said he would ask the ANC's national executive committee to award her the highest honour awarded to stalwarts in the party, called Isithwalandwe or Seaparankoe.Ramaphosa, who had been promised to be taken to Marikana by Madikizela-Mandela to formally apologise to the widows of the 34 miners who were killed, said that although she passed on before it could happen, he would honour her wishes."I am going to go to Marikana without you, but I will be guided by your spirit".

Film director and producer Anant Singh paid tribute to the mother of the nation with a short film about the life and time of Madikizela-Mandela.

Sister Makoro said she and the conference's associate secretary-general, Stigmatine Father Patrick Rakeketsi, visited the family before the funeral on behalf of South Africa's Catholic Church and "were well received" by Madikizela-Mandela's daughters and other family members. "Her burning flame of passion shall continue to illuminate our lives, as we continue our struggle into its second phase -that of economic emancipation", he said.

She said the governing party noted with sadness the flurry of mass media platforms relating to controversies around the legacy of Madikizela-Mandela.

Mufamadi has accused French film-maker Pascal Lamche of depending on former apartheid operatives and excluding the ANC in her latest documentary on Madikizela-Mandela.

"Now, we're saying now it's not the time for us during a period of mourning to explain all of that".

Madikizela-Mandela, who was Johannesburg's first black female social worker, was routinely harassed by apartheid security forces, imprisoned and tortured during Nelson Mandela's 27-year incarceration for his fight against white minority rule.

"The minister told me we must restart the investigation into all cases on Winnie Mandela, from Stompie right through, and try to get evidence so that she can be tried for murder", Heslinga says in the documentary.

Madikizela-Mandela died April 2 at age 81.

He said she had an impact on his life through fellow icon, Fatima Meer."I was introduced to Mama Winnie by her dear friend, Fatima while I was starting out as a filmmaker".

Former president Jacob Zuma attends Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's funeral.

"The Anti-apartheid regime has been misinterpreted to mean it was a man's triumph but we want to remind the world that it was not a man's struggle and triumph, she rose against a might of a nuclear state to bring peace to South Africa", she said.