Vice President, retired General Constantino Chiwenga said that the late South African hero Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was an inspiration for all oppressed people. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela died aged 81 on April 2 and was buried yesterday. Chiwenga who went to pay his respects in South Africa told the Sunday Mail,
When her husband, Nelson Mandela, was incarcerated at Robben Island, she became the voice of the liberation movement, the voice of the ANC in South Africa and for all liberation movements. Her courage encouraged girls, women and men as well to pick up guns and go and fight for their liberation.
Mama Winnie’s voice reverberated across the whole world, and that is why we had to come to pay our final respects as the Government of Zimbabwe and representing the people of Zimbabwe. If there was any voice that made the world understand what South Africa’s struggle was about and what Africans were fighting for, it was the voice of Mama Winnie.
That is why she became the Mother of the Nation, and that is also why she was vilified and accused of doing all sorts of things that she did not do.
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