Rose Zingitwa a Soweto teacher took her matric class to jointhousands of people who made their way from all over the country to commemorate, mourn and celebrate the life of South Africa’s fallen heroine.
The School teacher at Orlando West High, explained why it was important for her to bring the learners to this service:
Mama is in our hearts because she knew us very well — she was our mamaRose Zingitwa
“We are from Orlando West High, and Tata and Mama stayed in Orlando West. We spent her last two birthdays with her at school, she came and visited us… she was our mama.”
Zingitwa explained that Orlando West High was one of the beneficiaries of Mandela’s will and that the school would always have a place in their hearts for Mama Winnie.
“Mama is in our hearts because she knew us very well — she was our mama.”
Nolwazi Duma, who was one of the students from Orlando West High said: “We are here to celebrate the life of Mama Winnie Mandela as she was a woman empowerer.” Duma went on to say that they (matric students) had come with their teacher as Winnie had a longstanding relationship with the school and it was important for the learners to attend the service.