"She was a humble soul, no matter how far out of their way people will go to tarnish and discredit her name, she never tried to ... make us see that whatever is being said about her is all lies", said Moselane.
Winnie who was referred to as the anti-apartheid icon was honored at Orlando stadium in Soweto, South Africa.
According to Mkhabane, Madikizela-Mandela used to talk to the Detainees Parents Support Committee to try and encourage the parents of political detainees to get their children to return to school and get an education.
"She protected both from constant assault from apartheid state". Her reputation was tainted by accusations of human rights violations that seemed sometimes at odds with Mandela's fight for inclusiveness.
Not long afterwards, she met African National Congress activist Mr Mandela and the couple married in 1958, forming one of the most storied unions of the century.
During Mandela's 27-year incarceration for his fight against apartheid, Madikizela-Mandela campaigned for his release and for the rights of black South Africans undergoing detention, banishment, and arrest.More news: Environment Canada: Rainy day ahead before potential ice storm this weekend
It took a toll.
Ramaphosa said he spoke to Madikizela-Mandela shortly before her death about her concerns and wishes. The boys had been accused of the disappearances and killings of at the least 18 boys and younger males and the chief was convicted of killing a 14-year-old, nicknamed "Stompie", accused of being a police informer.
Most of her 38-year marriage to Nelson was spent apart, leaving her to raise their two daughters alone as she kept his political dream alive.
After Mandela was imprisoned, Madikizela-Mandela embraced her personal management within the freedom wrestle with steely willpower and at nice private sacrifice.
Also present at the service were South Africa's former presidents Thabo Mbeki...
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Mandela divorced her in 1996, claiming infidelity and saying that after his launch from jail, his spouse made him "the loneliest man".
Mr Mandela fired her as one of his deputy ministers and her stints as a politician, a post she held until her death, were lacklustre.
"She bore witness to our struggling".
Her daughter, Zenani Mandela-Dlamini, was among the speakers at the funeral. The day after she died, the ANC's top six leaders went to her home to pay our condolences to her family.
She said it was she that convinced Madikizela-Mandela to use Madikizela in her surname so that people will know she was a Madikizela before she was a Mandela, and that she jumped up and down in excitement when she heard the double-barrel surname for the first time on the news.More news: Naomie Harris: Dwayne Johnson has a million-watt smile