Mama Winnie’s memorial to draw thousands of mourners as far as other African States

The service begins from 11am.

Plans and preparations for the memorial of struggle stalwart mama Winifred Nomzamo Madikizela-Mandela are on going. Today the memorial service scheduled for Orlando Stadium will see thousands of mourners draped in ANC regalia pay their last respect.

Thousands of mourners are expected to converge at the stadium to pay their last respect to the fallen gallant, before the burial on Saturday expected to draw crowds as far as other African States.

Some roads will be cordoned off in and around Orlando and neighbours have been asked to obtain permits from their nearest Police Station, according JMPD spokesperson Edna Mamonyane.

Minister in the Presidency responsible for the National Planning Commission for Policy and Evaluation Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma who briefed the media yesterday in Soweto, reiterated that plans are going as planned for today’s memorial service.

“The memorial service programme will include tributes from the family, organisations that uMama worked with and artists will render cultural item,” said Dlamini-Zuma.

“The special official memorial service is open to all South Africans who wish to celebrate the life of Mama Winnie. Because of parking (restrictions) at the stadium, mourners are encouraged to go to Nasrec train station and use park and rides to the stadium.”

She said buses would pick up mourners from different regions of Gauteng – Ekurhuleni, Tshwane, Sedibeng and the West Rand.

Transport will be available as early as 4.30am to 9am. Roads around the stadium’s jurisdiction will be restricted while others will be closed.

Deputy President David Mabuza will deliver an official address on behalf of government at the official memorial service today which is expected to start at 11am at Orlando Stadium

Dlamini-Zuma said part one of the funeral on Saturday would commence at 6am at Madikizela-Mandela’s home, while the official service will start at 9am at the stadium.

The memorial service and the funeral will be broadcast live on over 80 community radio stations.

Throughout the country, including her birth place in Ibizana, Eastern Cape President Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa and other ANC officials will deliver a key note address to multitudes of mourners anticipated.

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