Thousands of people gathered at the 40 000-seater Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Saturday morning to honour the iconic freedom fighter.
Among the many mourners was Naomi Campbell, who struggled to hold back her rears as she delivered a moving speech during the ceremony in Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg. Ramaphossa said South Africa has a painful history which characterizes the current situation in the country with anger.
She added that "praising her now that she is gone shows what hypocrites you are".
"Dlamini said that following the death of her mother, many have come out to absolve her mother's reputation, and that she had asked herself: "'Why had they sat on the truth and waited till my mother's death to tell it?' It is so disappointing to see how they withheld their words during my mother's lifetime, knowing very well what they would have meant to her.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has apologised to Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela for her not having been awarded the Isithwalandwe honour. "I say "fight" because the battle for our freedom was not some polite picnic at which you arrived armed with your best behaviour". "I'm sorry that we delayed this much, to this point", he said in an eulogy.
Mourners broke into another liberation song chanting in Xhosa: "this is the Winnie we know".
As evidence emerged in the dying years of apartheid of the brutality of her Soweto enforcers, known as the "Mandela United Football Club", some South Africans questioned her "Mother of the Nation" soubriquet.
Flowers blanket a memorial outside the home of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela after her death on April 2.
"Like her, you show that we can be lovely, powerful and revolutionary, even as we challenge the lies that have been peddled for so long", she said, referring to her mother being sidelined by the ANC and much of society for her radicalism. Mandela accused her of infidelity, and they divorced in 1996, two years after he was elected the first black president of South Africa. Mourners booed when the presence of scandal-tainted Zuma was publicly acknowledged.
African heads of states - including President of the Republic of Congo Denis Sassou Nguesso and Namibia's President Hage Gottfried Geingob - were in attendance. Dlamini Mandela said, "She endured continuous harassment at the hands of Apartheid security police and subjected to torture while in prison".
"There are many young women who want to be like her who want to change the storyline about women, who want to ensure that we kill patriarchy".
The township of Soweto is hugely symbolic in South Africa as it became a crucible of black resistance to white minority rule which ended with elections in 1994.
Many South Africans have stood up for Madikizela-Mandela's memory against critics who characterized her as a problematic figure who was implicated in political violence after she returned from years of banishment in a rural town.
Instead she remained embedded in the community where she met Nelson Mandela at a bus stop in 1957. According to her family, she died after a long illness, for which she had been in and out of hospital since the start of the year.
"There were times when people could not afford a funeral and she would assist", said neighbour Gloria Searole, 31, a service consultant who went to catch a glimpse of the procession along with her daughter. Her supporters have continued to correct claims that she was responsible for the 1989 death of Stompie Seipei. Dlamini Mandela is the daughter of Zenani Mandela who was sired by Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela.
On Saturday, a 21-gun salute will be fired at her final resting place.