Zuma: Madikizela-Mandela’s Passing Was A Shock

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JOHANNESBURG: Former President Jacob Zuma has praised President Cyril Ramaphosa for declaring an official funeral for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Former President Jacob Zuma says he’s pleased that Winnie Madikizela-Mandela will receive the kind of funeral she deserves. Zuma has visited the Soweto home of the struggle stalwart who passed away on Monday afternoon.

Zuma was greeted by a small group of African National Congress (ANC) supporters outside Madikizela-Mandela’s home. Zuma, who is set to appear in Durban High Court this Friday,  went inside to pay his respects to the family and then addressed the media. He said Madikizela-Mandela’s passing was a shock, as he hadn’t even heard that she had been admitted to hospital.

He also praised President Cyril Ramaphosa for declaring an official funeral for her.

“I must express my appreciation that the president has given Madikizela-Mandela a funeral service that she deserves. She was/is a national heroine.”

Zuma says Madikizela-Mandela’s contribution cannot be ignored, referring to her as a national hero several times.