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'Younger generation can learn from #WinnieMandela's fearlessness'

Former ANC Youth League leader Ronald Lamola says the young people should remember Madikizela-Mandela for her fearlessness.

FILE: Anti-apartheid campaigner Winnie Madikizela-Mandela forms the ANC clenched fist and salutes supporters during a rally in Johannesburg on 16 June 1996 to mark the 20th anniversary of the Soweto student uprising.  Picture: AFP.

BIZANA - President Cyril Ramaphosa made his way to the stadium in Bizana, where the African National Congress (ANC)'s official memorial for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela took place.

Ramaphosa visited the struggle icon’s home village in Mbongweni on Tuesday morning, alongside other officials, to pay tribute.

The programme opened with prayer, followed by messages from alliance partners, including the South African Communist Party (SACP) which will also commemorate the 25th anniversary of the assassination of its leader Chris Hani.

Former ANC Youth League leader Ronald Lamola, who was one of the leaders hauled before the party’s disciplinary committee in 2012 alongside Julius Malema, says the young people should remember Madikizela-Mandela for her fearlessness.

“The younger generation can learn from her fearlessness. She was a woman of unmatched courage. And even during the most difficult times she stood by her beliefs.”

At the same time, Police Minister Bheki Cele says Madikizela-Mandela would have wanted to see a complete end to the divisions within the ANC.

“She died with a heavy heart over the divisions in the ruling party. She had been trying hard to pull us together and make that the ANC keeps the tradition of great leaders, like herself, Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo and Thabo Mbeki.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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