Winnie’s official funeral service at Orlando Stadium

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Soccer fans support South Africa's Bafana Bafana during their warm-up match against Colombia on 27 May, 2010 at the Soccer City stadium in Soweto, South Africa. Picture: Gallo Images/Foto24/Felix Dlangamandla

Madikizela-Mandela remained strong and ‘stubborn on behalf of our people’ during the apartheid era, President Cyril Ramaphosa said.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the official memorial service for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela will be held on 11 April.

On 14 April, the official funeral service for the former freedom fighter will be held in Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

He told mourners outside her home in Orlando West, Soweto, that Madikizela-Mandela remained strong and “stubborn on behalf of our people” during the apartheid era, and she continued to show courage in the face of apartheid oppression.

Her departure is a real loss and we as South Africans are all mourning, the president said.

More details to follow.

Citizen reporter

The Citizen