PRESIDENT DECLARES APRIL 3-14 AS NATIONAL DAYS OF MOURNING FOR WINNIE MANDELA

PRETORIA– In honour of the late struggle stalwart, Mam’ Winnie Nomzamo Madikizela-Mandela, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared April 3 to 14 as national days of mourning.

A recipient of the Order of Luthuli in silver for her excellent contribution to the fight for the liberation of the people of South Africa, Madikizela-Mandela will be honoured with a Special Official Funeral Category 1, which entails elements of military ceremonial honours and is given to persons of extraordinary credentials, as designated by the President.

Mam’ Winnie deserves the highest respect our nation can demonstrate in honour of a patriot and citizen who served our nation and humanity at large with distinction during our liberation struggle and throughout our democratic dispensation, said President Ramaphosa here Wednesday.

In line with this declaration, the National Flag shall immediately be lowered to fly at half-mast at all flag stations nationwide and at South African diplomatic missions abroad. This will be observed until the evening of April 14.

Madikizela-Mandela passed away in the early hours of Monday at Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg.

According to her family, Madikizela-Mandela died after a long illness, for which she had been in and out of hospital since the start of the year.

The official memorial service for Madikizela-Mandela will be held at Regina Mundi Catholic Church in Soweto, Johannesburg on April 11. The Special Official Funeral proceedings will be held at Orlando Stadium, Soweto, on April 14.

Further details will be announced as arrangements are finalised in consultation between government and the family of Mam’ Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, said the Presidency.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK