Malema denies assaulting police officer at Madikizela-Mandela funeral

Provincial secretary and acting chairperson Mr Mandla Ndlovu

Provincial secretary and acting chairperson Mr Mandla Ndlovu

On Friday, it called for written public submissions as to whether section 25 of the Constitution, and any other sections focusing on land, needed to be changed.

Malema's speech brought the thousands of mourners at the capacity filled 40,000-seat stadium paying their last respects chanting "mother of the nation" in support of his speech.

Another senior EFF leader said there was no possibility of his party collapsing, but that there could be co-operation after the election "based on certain fundamental principles".

Malema closed his emotive tribute by asking that Cape Town International Airport be named after her.

"I will make a proposal to the ANC national executive committee to bestow on you its highest honour", Ramaphosa said to thunderous applause from the packed stadium, not far from Madikizela-Mandela's home in Orlando West.

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Turning to Madikizela-Mandela's remains in a casket placed in the middle of the stadium, Malema echoed the sentiment that has been trending - that the fallen struggle icon did not die but had multiplied instead.

Mooki Street in Orlando East, Soweto, had transformed into a bustling market with people selling different wears such T-shirts and bags with Madikizela-Mandela's image printed on them.

Deputy President David Mabuza is also due to deliver a tribute on behalf his party while Bathabile Dlamini will represent the ANC Women's League (ANCWL).

Before starting his speech, the EFF leader recognised South Africa's former presidents but excluded Jacob Zuma from his salutations during the funeral service, a sign that he was still bitter with Zuma's mistreatment of him that led to his dismissal from the ANC.

He was referring to the time when she was accused of being involved in young activist Stompie Seipei's death.

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"As we bid her farewell, we are forced to admit that too often as she rose, she rose alone". Madikizela-Mandela died at the age of 81 after a long illness.

"[Eldest daughter] Zenani Mandela, reflecting on her mother's life and overcome by emotion, said, "My mother suffered. That statement and those tears have stayed with me since that day", Ramaphosa said".

"Left alone to fend for herself only caused her more pain. She had a very hard life".

"I love her because she was here fighting with us", she said.

"She bore witness to our suffering".

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He reiterated his commitment to seek atonement and begin the healing process in the aftermath of the Marikana masacre, saying he would visit the widows of the murdered Marikana miners with Malema. We were still supposed to do a lot of things together. "I know that Julius will come with me so that we can heal the wounds of those in Marikana", he said.

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