Zuma: I was shocked to hear the news of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's passing

Condolences continue to pour in at the home of struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela who passed away on Monday after a long illness, at the age of 81.

On Wednesday, former president Jacob Zuma arrived at the home of Madikizela-Mandela in Soweto to pay his respects to the family.

EWN reporter Gia Nicolaides is in Soweto where Zuma was addressing the media.

Read: Letter to my 'big sister': From Graça Machel to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

First of all he said it was a shock for him to hear that Winnie Madikizela had passed. He was at his Nkandla home when he heard the news. He didn't even know she was in hospital.

Gia Nicolaides, EWN reporter

Zuma also said that he is pleased that President Cyril Ramaphosa declared her funeral official, saying that this is the kind of send off she deserves.

Gia Nicolaides, EWN reporter

A lot of people had actually said that they never thought that Winnie Madikizela would die. In a way, they felt that she was immortal.

Gia Nicolaides, EWN reporter

According to Nicolaides, Madikizela-Mandela's funeral ceremony will be held at Orlando Stadium on 14 April and her memorial service is to be held three days before at the Regina Mundi Catholic Church in Soweto.

ANC's secretary general Ace Makgashula will be addressing the media at 3 pm on Wednesday at Madikizela-Mandela's home to outline a plan for the next 10 days.

So we will hear more about the funeral arrangements and other key events not only in Gauteng but across the country.

Gia Nicolaides, EWN reporter

To hear the rest of the report by Gia Nicolaides, listen below:


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