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ANC Bokone Bophirima honours Mama Winnie’s contribution 

Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was remembered as an individual who put the country before her personal interests.
As part of nationwide memorial services in honour of the iconic leader, the African National Congress (ANC) and its ANC Women’s League in Bokone Bophirima celebrated her life at the Civic Centre in Mahikeng on Monday. 
Convenor of ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) deployees to the province, Obed Bapela, delivered a keynote address in which he described Mama Winnie as “a compassionate person who lived to serve the people.
“I had an opportunity to work with her during the period of ethnic violence in the country. Whenever there was a killing, she would always go and comfort the affected family. She did not sit with us as visitors (ANC members) but she would comfort the affected family and cry with them," Bapela said. 
Provincial Chairperson of the ANC in the province, Supra Mahumapelo, described Mama Winnie as a fearless fighter.
"We are here to join the whole country and the international community to celebrate the life of Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. She was and will always remain one of the most fearless and trusted fighters of the revolution. You could always find her in the front line of defence in the fight for the rights of our people. As a province we would like to thank her for the selfless contribution she has made," Mahumapelo said.
Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) President, Sdumo Dlamini, said the trade union federation would always have a special place for Mama Winnie.
"We will always remember her because she stood for the rights of the poor and the downtrodden. She always attended our conferences and was concerned about the rights of the workers. I stand here and plead with all alliance partners to refrain from factionalism, which is not making any valuable contribution to improving the lives of ordinary South Africans,” he said.
Amabassador Radhi Bachir, from the Front Polisario Movement in Western Sahara, shared his experiences of working with the liberation struggle icon. Bachir, who is also Western Sahara’s Ambassador to South Africa, said Madikizela-Mandela is a heroine because she has left a lasting legacy. 
“Some countries have millions of citizens, but they do not have any heroines. She was an individual who was concerned about issues facing Western Sahara. The deceased left her military uniform in our country and said she will return if ever the war starts again. When Nelson Mandela was released from prison the couple visited our military camps to see if the situation in our country has improved. We will always remember her for the important role she played in our country,” Bachir said.    
Acting ANC Youth League Provincial Secretary, Tsotso Tlhapi, said it is important to follow in the steps of women like Mama Winnie.
"The youth should always remain disciplined at all times and respect elders. Comrades should know the necessary channels to voice their grievances and not go to social media with an intention of badmouthing the organization," Tlhapi said. 
Provincial Chairperson of the SACP, Smuts Mashego, encouraged those attending the memorial service not to believe false rumours that are being spread about Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. He added that she dedicated her life to the struggle and improving the lives of ordinary people.
Madikizela-Mandela will receive a national official funeral on Saturday, 14 April. The anti-apartheid struggle veteran passed away on Monday last week at the Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg.