ZIMBABWE’S Parliament is set to host a memorial service for the late South African political activist, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who died on Monday.
A delegation of legislators comprising women and youth committees will also attend the burial of the icon on April 14.
Legislators from the ruling ZANU-PF, the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and other smaller parties are set to travel to South Africa ahead of the burial.
South Africa’s northern neighbour believes Madikizela-Mandela was a role model in politics and civil society throughout the African continent.
“There is no way we can just forget about Winnie because she is an icon to many female politicians and feminists in Africa and it is for that reason that we should do something for her and recognise her efforts,” said parliamentarian Priscilla Musiharabwi-Mushonga.
She said like Nelson Mandela, the late former president Madikizela-Mandela was once married to, she was an international icon.
“Winnie deserves recognition from all us as women because she fought a good fight as a female politician in South Africa, outside her marriage life,” Musiharabwi-Mushonga said.
Madikizela-Mandela died at the age of 81 after a lengthy illness.
Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, underlined Madikazela-Mandela’s impact went beyond South Africa’s borders.
“The entire African Union family joins the continent in grief at the passing of Winnie Madikazela-Mandela,” Mahamat said. – CAJ News