African National Congress (ANC) supporters arrive at a memorial service for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg's Soweto township, South Africa on April 11, 2018.
During her old age, she re-emerged as a respected elder who was feted as a living reminder of the late Mandela - and of the long and celebrated struggle against apartheid.
Winnie was not afraid of police, and confronted them head on, daring them to shoot, the family friend explained.
Madikizela-Mandela led an worldwide campaign calling for his release. She was surrounded by her family at the time of her death.
The crowd exuded a mixed mood of celebration and grief, and grandchild after grandchild took to the podium.
Rita Ndzanga, a frail former anti-apartheid fighter who was detained alongside Winnie Mandela, drew rapturous cheers from the crowd as she spoke about their experiences together. "The spear has fallen", he said.
Winnie Mandela died on April 2 after a long illness‚ which had brought her in and out of hospital since the start of the year. - ANC Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte.
For Mary who lives in Diepsloot, she was a woman who gave up her personal safety for the people to build a non-racial, non-sexist society.
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Bambatha went to check on her the following morning and she woke and looked at him with her usual contagious smile and said to him: "Where is my Makoti (daughter-in-law)", in reference to the woman he once proposed to marry in his grandmother's house.
She said economic transformation was not for one group or another. Mandela sacked his then wife as one of his deputy ministers in his first cabinet, and her stints as a lawmaker, a post she held until her death, were lackluster.
This forms part of the 10-day programme of celebrating the life of Mama Winnie who dedicated her life in the service of the people, in particular, the downtrodden.
The choice of Soweto's 37,000-capacity Orlando stadium for both the memorial service and the full state funeral planned for Saturday was highly symbolic.
Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Congo to South Africa, who came in his capacity as the Dean of Diplomatic Corps, Bene M'Poko, said "Mama Winnie" was very unique in that from a very young age, she sacrificed everything to fight a war, one that was extremely hard.
In 1990 the world watched when Nelson Mandela finally walked free from prison - hand-in-hand with Winnie.
"We are paying tribute to her and great respect for her".
When Madikizela-Mandela asked Zwane to share with her what she preached on Friday at church, Zwane promised her she would do so on Tuesday.