Mourners pay their last tributes
April 14, 2018
Soweto, South Africa: Mourners are this morning making their way to Orlando Stadium in Soweto to pay their final respects to late struggle icon Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
The Mother of the Nation, as she was affectionately called, passed away on the 2nd of April 2018 at Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg.
Madikizela-Mandela died after a long illness, for which she had been in and out of hospital since the start of the year.
A recipient of the Order of Luthuli in silver for her “excellent contribution to the fight for the liberation of the people of South Africa”, Madikizela-Mandela will be honoured with a Special Official Funeral Category one.
This means the funeral will entail elements of military ceremonial honours and is declared in line with the Presidency’s State, Official and Provincial Official Funeral Policy. It is given to persons of extraordinary credentials, as designated by the President.
President Cyril Ramaphosa is among the people who will address the funeral.
Other dignitaries expected to attend today include Namibian President Hage Geingob and United States civil rights activist, Jesse Jackson.
The period of mourning, as declared by the President following her passing, will end on Saturday evening when the struggle icon is laid to rest at the Fourways Memorial Park Cemetery.
With thousands of mourners expected to attend the funeral, the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structures (NATJOINTS) have discouraged parents and guardians from bringing young children.
Furthermore, mourners have been encouraged to cooperate with law enforcement officers and the designated marshals to ensure the smooth running for the funeral. Members of the public will also not be allowed to enter the stadium with dangerous weapons, alcohol or any illegal substances.
Hawkers will not be allowed to enter the security perimeter around Orlando Stadium. They may sell their goods outside the security zone.
Police and law enforcement agencies have asked mourners and residents of Orlando, Soweto, to take note of road closures in the area, including the following streets:
• N17 traffic circle and Klipspruit Valley
• Soweto Highway and Mooki street
• Sofasonke and Mooki street
• Adams street and Masopha street
• Adams street and Ballenden street
• Adams street and Rathebe street
• Adams street and Martha Louw street
• Adams street and Mofokeng street
• Adams street and Nkomoyahlaba
• Adams street and Mooki street
• Hlatswayo street and Mogoye
• Mjongwe street and Mooki street
• Mooki street and Mofokeng street
• Mooki street and Martha Louw street
• Mooki street and slipway at Orlando court
• Martha Louw and Klipspruit Valley road
• Nkwanca street and Martha Louw street
• Masupa street and Mooki street
The City of Johannesburg said the funeral procession will depart from Orlando Stadium at 12pm.
The procession will head towards the N17, on-ramp the N1, off-ramp at William Nicol Drive and turn left into Cedar Road and into the private road of Fourways Memorial Park.
“These routes will be blocked off for the procession. It is also believed that a 21 gun salute will be observed. Residents are requested to take the necessary precautions regarding hearing sensitivities and their pets during this time,” the city said in a statement.