The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in collaboration with the women of Liberia yesterday begun preparations to celebrate the life of heroine, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who passed away at the Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa on Monday April 2, a release has said.
According to the ministry’s release, the activities as planned will include a day of candlelight, tribute reading, messages of condolences from partners and other line ministries of the government as well special statements from the Ministry of State and the women of Liberia.
The memorial celebrating the life of the former wife of anti-apartheid champion Nelson Mandela takes place on the premises of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection today at 1:00 p.m.
The ministry is therefore calling on all well-wishers and women groups as well as Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to join the celebration of the life of Mrs. Madikizela-Mandela who was one of the greatest icons of the struggle against Apartheid, a heroine who fought for the cause of the people and spearheaded the fight for women and political freedom in her home country and across Africa.
At the same time, the Gender ministry has expressed sympathy on behalf of the Government and Women of Liberia to the relatives, friends, and the people of South Africa over the passing of Mrs. Madikizela-Mandela.
Meanwhile, the official memorial service for the late Mrs. Madikizela-Mandela was held yesterday at the Orlando Stadium, whereas the funeral service will also be held at the same venue on April 14, and burial will take place at the Fourways Memorial Park Cemetery, according to reports from South Africa.