He said she personified the true meaning of speaking truth to power and she was the authentic voice of the people's war against apartheid. She was reported dead after in a hospital in Johannesburg after a long illness.
A packed stadium has broken out in cheers and shouts of "Winnie!" as the casket of anti-apartheid icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is walked in slowly for her official funeral.
Those who notice such things would have realized that her 2013 book, 491 Days-which tells the story of the brutality she experienced at the hands of the Apartheid state, the depths of her despair and her extraordinary resilience and defiance under extreme pressure-was already an invitation for a deep re-evaluation of her life.
Foreign dignitaries at the funeral include the leaders of Namibia, Swaziland and the Republic of Congo, as well as American civil rights activist Jesse Jackson. "She fought from beginning to the end". Not long after, she met African National Congress activist Mandela and the couple married in 1958, forming one of the most storied unions of the century.
The family of the late Winnie Mandela has accused the South African government of being hypocritical for praising her after death. In 1977, she was banished to a remote town to separate her from the heart of the movement she led in Soweto.
Ramaphosa said he spoke to Madikizela-Mandela shortly before her death about her concerns and wishes.
The ANC's current president Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also the country's president, the ANC Women's League, and the UDF were just some of those Malema targeted. She appealed and was discovered responsible of being an adjunct within the assault, and the sentence was decreased to a effective and suspended jail time period.
Also present at the service were South Africa's former presidents Thabo Mbeki...
Ms Madikizela-Mandela denied any knowledge of any killings.
Mandela divorced her in 1996, claiming infidelity and saying that after his release from prison, his wife made him "the loneliest man".
Though she fought fiercely for democracy, Ms Madikizela-Mandela floundered in a political career after the first free elections in 1994.
Her daughter, Zenani Mandela-Dlamini, was among the speakers at the funeral. "It is turn into clear that South Africa, and certainly the world, holds women and men to completely different requirements of morality".
"She bore witness to our struggling".
She said it was she that convinced Madikizela-Mandela to use Madikizela in her surname so that people will know she was a Madikizela before she was a Mandela, and that she jumped up and down in excitement when she heard the double-barrel surname for the first time on the news.