“The biggest tree has fallen! A woman amongst women has fallen” Bathabile Dlamini

THE BIGGEST TREE HAS FALLEN! A woman amongst women has fallen. An icon of the struggle, iqhawe lamaqhawe lihambile! Umaphuma efumbethe esiswini sikanina aze ahambe efumbethe ukuba yinkokheli yabantu. Minister of Women In the Presidency and ANCWL President Bathabile Dlamini in a series of Tweets pays tribute to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela


SOUTH AFRICA has a long time to wait until she gets such a lioness who fought the apartheid regime as well as the oppression and patriarchy within the ANC, her movement, with the might it deserved. A real daughter of the soil, the rock of our nation is no more.

My heart is bleeding but I know the hearts of many a woman is celebrating because of what she did for them. She fought tirelessly, defending the whole nation up until the enemy misguided with the hope of destroying her but she prevailed and as usual stood the test of time.

I am so sorry that Queen Mother from the United States will not be able to see Mam’Winnie as she told our SG Meokgo in the UN recently that it was very urgent that she met Mama Winnie!

I am sorry to you SG that this happens whilst you were preparing for Queen Mother’s journey to South Africa.

Throughout that process of celebrating her life, she allowed us to show our small ability to honor her bravery, her love, commitment and ability of an unassuming daughter of the soil.

Nothing was ever able to shut her down! When Bab’uGwala told us that Mam’ Winnie never joined government but joined the ANC when she was fired from Cabinet, we were made better persons with Sis’ Thandi Modise and Lulu Xingwana.

We wanted to fight for her to remain in Cabinet and Bab’uGwala said no one can expel Winnie from the ANC and indeed no one expelled her from the her Organisation, the ANC.

She and Bab’Gwala marshalled very angry forces who had numerously been attacked by the third force and the forces of darkness at the memorial service of Chris Hani in Pietermaritzburg’s former market square.

Mama sent young people out of the country to train as freedom fighters for the liberation of the country. Mam’ Winnie had love for everyone, her children, the children of the struggle, the soldiers of umkhonto weSizwe, she even loved those that hated her with a passion.
She was a real soldier and welcomed the whites who were a symbol of apartheid and repression. Touch the ANC and you touch her soul. Touch her kids, touch Shell house and Touch the youth league, you will know you have touched her.
Touch Chris Hani, Touch Harry Gwala, Tony Yengeni, Jeff Radebe, Peter Mokaba, Bantu Holomisa! Touch Ace Magashule, Touch the women you will see her!
Mama would have been much satisfied if the struggle was won in the battlefield but she accepted the decision of the leadership to negotiate.
She loved and had a soft spot for Peter Mokaba, Lulu Xingwana, Malusi Gigaba and more for Fikile Mbalula and Julius Malema for their roaring voices and their ability to shake the youth to defend the ANC.
A beautiful woman inside and outside. A beautiful woman who had her contest with the masses of the country. She had the toughest of contests. It was one of war meant to be fought by men and not just ordinary men but only brave men and women who participated in this struggle.
Her spirit was never dampened by Brandfort instead she was more productive and she liberated herself from banishment. Mam’ Winnie never undermined the people of South Africa.
She reminded me that I was from the rural areas whenever she made us drink water or Amarewu. A very neat woman who would serve us with her best cutlery and crockery. She kept reminding us who we were and where we came from through her actions not through her words.
She was able to keep the pain inside her beautiful heart.
She never cried in the presence of those who were suffering but she would become a lioness and cry during her private moments. You would only see her watery shining eyes when it was difficult. Never could shed a tear.
Hamba kahle Zanyiwe! Hamba Kahle qhawe lamaqhawe! Hamba Kahle Mangutyana! Mama, you earned being Mother of the Nation and no one could take that away from you! We will always love you Mama. Sohlala sikukhumbula!
Thank you Zenani and Zindzi for sharing your Mom with the Nation. Thank you to Mama’s grandchildren for sharing your grandmother with the Nation. Thank you to the Madikizela and the Mandela family for sharing your daughter with us.
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  1. Indeed, we will always love you Mama-Winnie. Sohlala sikukhumbula njalo! Words can never be enough to express our appreciation and repay you for your efforts and tenacity in leading your people to the promised land. Siyabonga kakhulu. Enkosi.

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