Congolese President Denis Sassou Ngueso on Saturday paid tribute to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, describing her as a source of inspiration for people of the African continent.
"Her's is a unique story in history, we have appreciated what she meant for the World but we want to let you know that my mother despite all the lies smeared against her was ready to challenge the lies but time did not allow", she said.
Not lengthy after, she met African Nationwide Congress activist Mandela and the couple married in 1958, forming one of the vital storied unions of the century.
Presidents of Namibia and neighboring Lesotho, as well as American civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, participated in the ceremony.
Dlamini-Mandela was accompanied by her sister Zindzi Mandela. "I am here to look at your grandchildren in the eyes and tell them that they will never be treated like they have leprosy as long am still alive". Left alone to fend for herself only caused her more pain. She was not prepared to choose between the two, said Dlamini-Mandela.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called her an "international symbol of resistance" whose extraordinary life had an impact on millions of people around the world.
"Some praise "Winnie" because she was a fearless fighter for justice and a feminist icon; others excoriate her because she was a violent egomaniac".
Malema said despite his grief at the loss‚ he was comforted in the way she died‚ adding that she did not sell out her people.
It took its toll.
"I was angered by the former police commissioner who only came out with the truth after the fact".
In 1991, a court docket discovered Madikizela-Mandela responsible of the boy's kidnapping and assault and sentenced her to 6 years in jail.
In 2003 she was found guilty of fraud.
Rev Jackson compared Madikizela-Mandela to great women in the Bible. They separated just two years after he was released in 1990, and divorced in 1996.
Though she fought fiercely for democracy, Ms Madikizela-Mandela floundered in a political career after the first free elections in 1994.
"In apartheid South Africa, the mixture of patriarchy and racism collectively meant that black ladies confronted monumental obstacles from the cradle to the grave, making her personal achievements all of the extra distinctive", U.N. Secretary-Common Antonio Guterres mentioned Friday at a memorial in NY, not mentioning Nelson Mandela in any respect.
At her official memorial service on Wednesday, family members and supporters defended her legacy against detractors.