It was a lovely and glamorous evening at the picturesque Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town on Wednesday night.
The renowned Cape Town hotel witnessed the presence of the first lady Bongi Ngema-Zuma; her daughter Zindzi Mandela; Julius Malema; EFF’s Dali Mpofu; Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille and other politicians; musicians and family members of Madikizela-Mandela.
At the left, right and center of the Planet Restaurant and Bar; most guests sounded ebullient and looked natty in dapper tailored suits and elegant evening dresses as they waited for the diamond-like celebrant.
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Not long after, the much-awaited sparkling Winnie Madikizela-Mandela appeared in a gorgeous white and blue gown at her birthday gala dinner. Of a truth, Mama Winnie stole the show.
Winnie Arrives Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
As she walked in alongside Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, her beauty sent many smiles across the faces of her guests. The party was held in her honour as turns 80 on September 26.
While the event lasted, Ramaphosa commented on Madikizela-Mandela’s everlasting beauty; which he said made her look like a 20-year-old.
Praising the gorgeous celebrant, Ramaphosa said Mama Winnie has been a been a mother‚ a comrade‚ a comforter, a diamond built to last, built to shine and built never to break.
He added: “The official records tell us that Winnie Mandela is 80 something — so she is turning 80. Much as Julius Malema and I disagree on many things we agree on ma’am uWinnie Mandela’s lasting beauty.
Many of us remember how constant she was, even when we read about her in the 1950s and 1960s, she was constant, and she remains constant. She has lived a beautiful life and went through victories and setbacks.
From your life, we know what it means to stand for justice and to be faithful and loyal; and those women can do it and have been able to play a role in shaping the history of our country. You remain the dream and hope of our future generations.
We thank you for your leadership and your suffering; and we will continue to honour you, love you and hold you in high regard.”
Ramaphosa ended his enthralling toast by wishing her many more years and reciting Maya Angelou’s poem Still I Rise.
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The menu of the splendorous party held at Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel consisted of a set menu with a light starter of asparagus‚ a fish or a meat main‚ and a trio of citrus for dessert.
After much merriment and speeches from many prominent guests; the excited celebrant took to the podium and delivered a wonderful “thank you” speech – a speech void of South Africa’s political affairs. No doubt, her guests showered deep love on her.