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Winnie Mandela, a prominent anti-apartheid activist and ex-wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela, died on Monday at the age of 81. Her special official funeral is at the highest level the government could give a civilian, according to sources.

“President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Tuesday that the woman affectionately known as the Mother of the Nation would be given a category 1 special official funeral. It entails elements of military ceremonial honours and is declared for persons of extraordinary credentials specifically designated by the president in line with the Presidency’s state, official and provincial official funeral policy.”

“The Presidency announced that an official memorial service for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela would take place at the Regina Mundi Catholic Church in Soweto on April 11, and the special official funeral proceedings would be held at Orlando Stadium, Soweto, on April 14.”


Source: Mahlase, Mahlatse. “Winnie Madikizela-Mandela to be buried at the same Fourways cemetery as great-granddaughter.”, April 4, 2018