LISTEN | Mama Winnie ‘Died A Perfect Death, She Never Sold Out’

PICTURE: Parliament of RSA

SOWETO: The leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to pay his final respects and bid farewell to the Mother of the Nation, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

EFF leader Julius Malema used most of his allocated time at the podium at the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s to pay tribute to her in the form of a letter. He began his address by promising that the EFF respected the solemness of the occasion.

“Comrade Ramaphosa, I want to reassure you that today, anyone who shows you disrespect will be showing Mama disrespect, because you are the president of her organisation and the president of this country. So rest assured Comrade President, that even the red sea is going to cheer in salutation.”

“I’m here to speak on behalf of the Economic Freedom Fighters, the daughters and sons of Mama Madikizela-Mandela. I’m here to speak on behalf of the dejected masses of our poeople. The landless people. The unemployed youth. The Fees Must Fall generation. Security guards, farm workers, shop keepers, teachers, nurses, soldiers.”

“I’m here not to bury Mama, because queen mothers do not die, they multiply into a million red flowers of life and freedom. I’m here to pick up the spear and make my vows that I will continue to fight for restoring the dignity of black people through attainment of economic freedom in our lifetime.”

“Some of the people who resigned from the ANC Women’s League NEC because they did not want to be led by ‘a criminal’ when you became its President, are here… Those who prevented you from speaking at ANC Youth League President Peter Mokaba’s funeral even though you were ANC Women’s League President, are here… They cry the loudest, even more than us who loved you.”

LISTEN to Malema’s full tribute: