WATCH | Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Leaving Kupane Funerals

PICTURE: Thulani Mbele

JOHANNESBURG: The body of struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela left Kopane Funeral to her historic home in Orlando West, Soweto.

Residents in the famous township and dignitaries, including American civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson, joined the Madikizela family as the liberation hero made her final journey home on Friday afternoon.

Madikizela-Mandela died on April 2 after a long illness and her state funeral is expected to be held on Saturday at Orlando Stadium.

She is expected to be buried at Fourways Memorial Park cemetery. On Friday, the streets of Soweto were lined with people and many sang struggle songs and saluted the cortege as it made its way from the Kupane funeral parlour.

Residents and political party supporters waved flags in the air while some carried portraits of Madikizela-Mandela.

Others ran behind the motorcade which carried the liberation hero’s body.

Members of the ANC’s liberation army Umkhonto weSizwe formed a guard of honour outside her home, while others marched in front of the hearse.