ANC and EFF in "informal discussions" over partnership

ANC and EFF in

ANC and EFF in "informal discussions" over partnership

There will be plenty of time within the next few days to think about the political impact of the state funeral of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela ... and about those who saw it as an opportunity to score points over their opponents, or to burnish their own images. Malema shook the stadium with his fiery speech that became a trending topic on social media.

Malema said despite his grief at her loss‚ he was comforted in the way she died‚ adding that she did not sell out her people to the apartheid regime.

Duarte described Madikizela-Mandela as a caring mother who suffered more than anyone could have imagined when she was incarcerated and exiled by the apartheid regime.

Malema took note of the people who attacked Winnie during her lifetime‚ first lashing out at the former leaders of the opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) who held a press conference during apartheid to disassociate themselves from her.

On Friday, it called for written public submissions as to whether section 25 of the Constitution, and any other sections focusing on land, needed to be changed.

It is alleged that Malema pushed a police officer after he was denied entry into the Fourways Memorial Park where Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was laid to rest.

"We are here to pay tribute to Mama Winnie because she worked hard for the people. They wanted to see her broken, with bowed head and lowered eyes, and weakened by soulful cries, but still she rose", he said as he delivered the eulogy for Madikizela-Mandela.

"I am here not to bury Mama, because mothers don't die".

The firebrand EFF leader, who had a close relationship with Madikizela-Mandela, referred to her fondly as "mama" during his address. "They are crying the loudest, more than us - who died for you", Malema said, before lambasting those he believed had wronged the struggle veteran.

Another senior EFF leader said there was no possibility of his party collapsing, but that there could be co-operation after the election "based on certain fundamental principles". He also said that Cape Town International Airport should be named after her.

His refusal to acknowledge former president Jacob Zuma was clearly notable.

Malema received the loudest cheers at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Saturday.

He said that Ramaphosa must rest assured that EFF members in attendance would cheer his speech because they recognised him as the country's president.

Deputy President David Mabuza is also due to deliver a tribute on behalf his party while Bathabile Dlamini will represent the ANC Women's League (ANCWL).

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