People lined the street of Soweto as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's body was taken to her home where tomorrow's funeral programme will begin.
I'm going to remember all the times that she fought against apartheid in her life and how she helped Nelson Mandela. He said: "Even at 81 [she] was one person I thought would live forever".
The keynote address at today's memorial is being delivered by David Mabuza, South Africa's deputy president.
"In the process, she became the physical symbol and centre of the struggle for freedom in South Africa while the husband remained the spiritual center of the anti-Apartheid movement", Mr Odinga said in a statement after Winnie's death.
She says reading about Winnie triumphs and tribulations ignited a fire inside her.
Under the social media campaign "Winnie has not died she has multiplied", scores of young women have posted pictures of themselves wearing doeks, the traditional headwrap that Madikizela-Mandela frequently wore.
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Tony Yengeni, ANC national executive committee member, was also at the ANC Women's League memorial service on Thursday.
Her activism and resistance to white minority rule, known as apartheid landed her in jail on numerous occasions.
Mourners, many clad in the green and yellow colours of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), danced and sang in a soccer stadium under gray skies.
"For 27 years after the trial of Rivonia‚ most of the world had not seen Nelson Mandela".
During her old age, she re-emerged as a respected elder who was feted as a living reminder of the late Mandela - and of the long and celebrated struggle against apartheid.
After her death was announced, President Ramaphosa described her as "a voice of defiance and resistance" who "was an abiding symbol of the desire of our people to be free".
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