EFF members sign Winnie’s condolence book

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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the ex-wife of Nelson Mandela, greets mourners at the Bryanston Methodist Church in Johannesburg on Sunday. Picture: Peter Dejong

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Provincial leaders from the Economic Freedom Fighters arrived on Sunday afternoon to pay Nelson Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela a visit at her Soweto home, only to discover she was not there.

Instead, a worker from the house came out to the gate and gave the EFF supporters a condolence book to sign.

“A lot of people come and when she (Winnie) gets there, the first thing she does is read the messages,” the worker told Sapa.

The EFF leaders then wrote and read out their message, before handing it over with a bunch of flowers.

“We wish you strength and know that we are here for you,” read an extract of their message.

Two neighbours also came out to join EFF supporters at the front of the house. At first the neighbours appeared in ANC T-shirts but as they joined the EFF group, they took them off and put on EFF shirts given to them.

One of the EFF supporters said he planned to use his party T-shirt as pyjamas.

Earlier, an 85-year old local resident said: “I support the ANC but I will join the EFF if they can fix my pavement. I'm painful of the passing of Madiba. We have everything because of him. But it was time, I guess.”

The EFF supporters moved on to Vilakazi Street where they began dancing and singing.

The party members started their proceedings on Sunday at Maponya Mall, where they ate, drank cooldrinks and listened to loud music in their cars. - Sapa

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