Ikageng celebrates the life of fallen giant

The AME Church in Ikageng held a moving memorial service befitting a fallen giant and the mother of the nation, Winnie-Madikizela Mandela on Tuesday.
Members of the community from all walks of life packed the church hall to pay tribute Mama Winnie who passed away last week. They sang gospel and struggle songs to praise and celebrate her life and times.
Among the prominent people within the political landscape that descended on Ikageng to pay their respects were the chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Thandi Modise; Motlalepula Rosho from the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) and the ANC youth league president, Collen Maine.
Maine said he was close to tears when he went to Mama Winnie’s house. ‘It can’t be that somebody who contributed to the ANC like she did, lived like that… I know we did not join the ANC for material gain… but the ANC must take care of its own.’
The youth leader, who was linked to the Guptas in many media reports, made a shocking announcement.
Supra Mahumapelo introduced me to the Guptas, says Maine
‘Mama Winnie never went to the Guptas like some of us did… and we did not take ourselves there. Zuma did not take me there.
The person who took me there was Supra Obakeng Mahumapelo. I took myself out but I was not supposed to have agreed to go there in the first place,’ he added.
Maine went on to say that when he is called to court or commissions, the comrades should not follow him there. He should rather face the consequences of his own actions,’ he said.
Brian Setswambung, the NW premier’s spokesperson responded to the Herald’s enquiries regarding the bold statement that Maine had made. He said: ‘the office of the premier believes that no dignity should be accorded to the former MEC for Local Government and Human Settlement, Mr Maine’s attempt to seek possible attention, catapulting sympathy through Mama Madikizela Mandela’s memorials’.

Motlalepula Rosho, Collen Maine and Thandi Modise unite in celebrating the life of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
Photos: Selogile Leshage

Winnie was a phenomenal woman
Rosho described Winnie as a phenomenal woman, a woman of stature and a woman of style. ‘She loved and cared for the community. Mama did not kill Stompie. Unfortunately, this is said when she’s no more,’ she said.
A friend of Winnie, ANC’s Thabo Mosiane said when Winnie travelled to the TRC, everybody had abandoned her. ‘Some of the things caused her immeasurable pain. I walked side by side with her when there were wolves in sheep’s skin who wanted to humiliate her.’
Thandi Modise called for the emancipation of women. ‘The people who rebuilt the ANC were the ANC Women’s League…we are the backbone of the ANC membership. If we, as women, allow bad things to happen to the women of the ANC, how are we going to defend the greater majority we don’t know?’
She called on women to be stubborn like Winnie. ‘You must stubbornly stick to the truth. Let’s rise in the ANC to build the legacy of our mothers,’ she declared.
The South African Communist Party and the Congress of South African Trade Unions also paid tribute to the struggle icon.
Mama Winnie was buried at the Fourways Memorial Park last Saturday.


Mama Winnie’s close friend, Thabo Mosiane.

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Selogile Leshage
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