FILE - In this June 12, 1964, file photo, Winnie Mandela, right, waits for a glimpse of her husband, Nelson Mandela, outside the Palace of Justice in Pretoria, South Africa, after Mandela and seven other high ranking African National Congress members had been convicted of sabotage and sentenced to life imprisonment. Madikizela-Mandela, prominent anti-apartheid activist and the ex-wife of Nelson Mandela, died in a hospital on Monday, April 2, 2018 after a long illness, her family said Monday. She was 81. (AP Photo, File)

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‘We wished for our mother to be buried in Qunu’ – Abathembu royals

JOHANNESBURG, April 14 – The Abathembu royal family had wanted struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela to be buried in the Eastern Cape, king Azenathi Dalindyebo told the capacity crowd at her funeral at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg on Saturday.

“We had wished she would be buried next to Madiba in Qunu… but we understand the family’s decision to bury her here… she cannot not be boxed in life and death,” he told thousands mourners at the stadium, adding that the Xhosa culture did not recognise divorce.

Madikizela-Mandela died at the age of 81 on April 2 at Johannesburg’s Milpark Hospital. The revered anti-apartheid struggle icon is the ex wife of former president Nelson Mandela. She will be buried at Fourways Memorial Park, north of Johannesburg, where her great-granddaughter Zenani Mandela was buried in 2010.


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