EWN reporter Thando Kubheka is at the home of struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in Soweto where mourners have gathered to pay tribute to mother of the nation.
According to Kubheka, EFF members have arrived, and leader Julius Malema is expected to come and pay his last respects to Madikizela-Mandela.
The mood is electrifying. They are singing and waving flags as they wait for their leader to arrive...— Thando Kubheka, EWN Reporter
Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa arrived earlier on Tuesday at Mandela's home and addressed those who were gathered there.
He spoke about how Mama Winnie contributed to the liberation movement and spoke about how she will be missed by the ANC. He said she was courageous and was never scared to tell the ANC when things were not going well.— Thando Kubheka, EWN Reporter
Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille says on Madikizela-Mandela's 80th birthday which was held in Cape Town she was reminded of how much she cared about the poorest of the poor. Her official memorial service will be held on 11 April and the funeral will be on April 14.
Those of us she left behind, we must take the baton and recommit ourselves to achieve the values and the freedom they fought for, that we all enjoy today.— Patricia de Lille, Mayor at City of Cape Town
De Lille spoke highly of Madikizela-Mandela and her contribution to the fight against apartheid and says South Africans owes the struggle stalwarts a lot for the sacrifices they've made during those times.
To hear the rest of the tributes for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, listen below:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : De Lille: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela cared for the poorest of the poor