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Crowds have gathered in South Africa for the funeral of the anti-apartheid campaigner, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

"All those who resigned from the NEC of the women's league because they said they can't be led by a criminal they are here playing all important roles at your funeral, can we trust them or should we treat them with suspicion cde Winnie?"

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's daughter Zenani Mandela-Dlamini has questioned why some people have only started revealing the truth about her mother after her death.

As one of the country's most prominent and polarising figures, she retained political clout long after her divorce from Mandela, the nation's first black President.

Dignitaries include civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson as well as Presidents of the Republic of Congo and Namibia.

Zezani was almost born in prison, as Winnie Mandela was arrested close to her birth in 1959 and when she was four her father was sent to prison, where he would stay for the next 27 years. "She never stopped serving", he told reporters. Left alone to fend for herself only caused her more pain.

Madikizela-Mandela refused to show remorse for abductions and murders carried out in her name, and separated from her husband in 1992. Even though I didn't know her in person, we love our mother.

Typically referred to as the "Mom of the Nation" and "Mama Winnie", Madikizela-Mandela fought to maintain South Africa's anti-apartheid wrestle within the worldwide highlight whereas her husband, Nelson Mandela, was imprisoned.

Late Winnie Mandela's corpse at the Orlando stadium In Soweto South Africa
Late Winnie Mandela's corpse at the Orlando stadium In Soweto South Africa

The younger Madikizela-Mandela grew up in what's now Japanese Cape province and got here to Johannesburg as town's first black feminine social employee. The prophet told them: "I say these things so that l don't forget why God sent me here".

After Mandela was imprisoned, Madikizela-Mandela embraced her own leadership in the freedom struggle with steely determination and at great personal sacrifice.

The funeral closes the final chapter in the history of a woman who was exalted for her fearless defiance of apartheid rule but also implicated in violence and corruption in later life.

Days, weeks, and years passed by, but the people hadn't perished yet, but he kept repeating the same message over and over again.

It took its toll.

However, the conviction was later overturned with the court handing her a suspended sentence of three years and six months for fraud. Madikizela-Mandela denied any knowledge of any killings.

"In apartheid South Africa, the mixture of patriarchy and racism collectively meant that black ladies confronted monumental obstacles from the cradle to the grave, making her personal achievements all of the extra distinctive", U.N. Secretary-Common Antonio Guterres mentioned Friday at a memorial in NY, not mentioning Nelson Mandela in any respect.

President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the eulogy before the funeral procession leaves for Fourways Memorial Park for the private burial.