HOMAGE: Sindi Tshabalala says her attire pays homage tO Mama Winnie. Picture: Tebogo Monama

Colourful headwraps and traditional garb is how women came to honour Winnie Madikizela-Mandela this morning.

While the majority of the people who are attending the memorial service at Orlando Stadium this morning are wearing ANC and EFF clothes, a few are donning full traditional clothes. Others are wearing all black with colourful doeks.

One of those who chose to go the traditional route were Sindi Tshabalala. Wearing a bright yellow traditional Xhosa dress, Tshabalala said her outfit pays homage to a younger Madikizela-Mandela. 

“She used to dress like this as a young woman. I feel great that we had a mother who taught us wearing your cultural clothes was important.

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“From the boardrooms, to businesses to politics she showed us that our traditional clothes are OK. She always wore her traditional clothes with a beautiful doek.”

Gauteng premier David Makhura’a spokesperson Phumla Sekhonyane chose to pay tribute by wearing a t-shirt with Madikizela-Mandela face and a traditional Zulu pleated skirt.

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“I call her a revolutionary, a warrior, a mother. She represents strength and resilience,” Sekhonyane said.  Adding that young people - especially women - have a lot to learn from Madikizela-Mandela’s legacy.