A mourner holds aloft at portrait of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at her funeral in Soweto on Saturday. Themba Hadebe / Associated Press
SOWETO: South Africans turned out in thousands to bid final goodbyes to anti-apartheid icon and Nelson Mandela’s former wife Winnie Mandela who was laid to rest with full state honours on Saturday.
Mourners filled the 37,500-seater Orlando Stadium in the township of Soweto where Winnie lived and erupted into loud cheers as the casket carrying her remains was wheeled in.
The casket draped with South Africa’s national colours was placed in the middle of the stadium in front of a stage, decked in white and yellow flowers.