PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.
Pretoria -Saturday, 14th April, 2018
VICE President Inonge Wina says Zambia will greatly miss the late South African anti-apartheid icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela as she was an inspiration to the women movement both in Zambia and Africa as a whole
She said Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was a source of inspiration to young people and women movements against oppression and injustice
Speaking after attending the funeral of Winnie Mandela in Soweto, South Africa, Mrs Wina said the passing on Madikizela-Mandela was not only a loss to South Africa but to Zambia as well
She said the late anti-apartheid heroine championed the cause for women dignity and freedom of all people across the world especially against the oppressive apartheid regime in South Africa
Mrs Wina mentioned that Winnie Mandela will be greatly missed in Zambia because she was part of the large movement and liberation struggle in South Africa, championed by the African National Congress, whose leadership lived in exile in Zambia.
Mrs Wina was among Presidents and Heads of government from the SADC region and African continent including foreign dignitaries who attended the burial of Winnie Mandela who was put to rest at Four Ways Memorial Park in North of Soweto, South Africa
The vice President was accompanied by Information and Broadcasting Minister Dora Siliya, Lands and Natural resources Minister Jean Kapata and Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa, Emmanuel Mwamba among other government officials
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa led thousands of mourners in bidding farewell to Winnie Madikizela Mandela at a funeral ceremony held at Orlando Stadium attended by American Human Rights Activist Jessie Jackson and American actress and song bird Naomi Campbell among other people.
Mrs Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary Press and Public Relations.
Zambia’s High Commission, South Africa.
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