ANC, Malema set aside differences for #WinnieMandelaFuneral

Monday, 16 Apr, 2018

However, the Sunday Times also reports that there have been informal discussions between senior leaders of both parties.

South African opposition leader Julius Malema of the Economic Freedom Fighters on Saturday castigated some mourners at Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's funeral in Soweto's Orlando Stadium only to shed crocodile tears for her."Mama‚" Malema began in his eulogy, "those who sold you out to the white minority regime during apartheid are here".

As soon as Malema wrapped up his speech, EFF supporters started streaming out of the stadium.

The party says it's important to remember the struggle icon's message.

Duarte described Madikizela-Mandela as a caring mother who suffered more than anyone could have imagined when she was incarcerated and exiled by the apartheid regime.

There was plenty of that going on ... and plenty of the sort of adulation that Winnie was never accorded when she was alive. At the funeral service held on 14 April at Orlando stadium, Malema visibly tore into the ANC leaders whom he said they claimed Winnie was now theirs yet they disowned her.

"All those who resigned from the NEC of the Women's League because they said they can't be led by a criminal, they are here playing all-important roles at your funeral".

"Sellouts? We can see you!"

Mbalula told the Sunday Times that a reconnecting of the two parties was "Mama Winnie's last wish - and it is right". He said if the ANC was serious about honouring Madikizela-Mandela and her legacy, its leaders should name Cape Town's airport after her.

"I am here not to bury Mama, because mothers don't die. They are crying the loudest, more than us - who died for you", Malema said, before lambasting those he believed had wronged the struggle veteran. They were allegedly denied entry to the Fourways Memorial Park where Madikizela-Mandela was laid to rest.

His refusal to acknowledge former president Jacob Zuma was clearly notable.

However, the tribute from the EFF's commander in chief Julius Malema, drew some of the loudest applause from the crowd.

Malema closed his emotive tribute by asking that Cape Town International Airport be named after her.

Some of the speakers at the funeral included President Cyril Ramaphosa, fashion icon and model Naomi Campbell and EFF leader Julius Malema.

He said that Ramaphosa must rest assured that EFF members in attendance would cheer his speech because they recognised him as the country's president.

The ANC's current president Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also the country's president, the ANC Women's League, and the UDF were just some of those Malema targeted.