Instead she remained embedded in the community where she met Nelson Mandela at a bus stop in 1957.
"She was perpetually in the trenches, never afraid that it would be too much for her to bear".
Dlamini remembered her for going out of her way to protect poor South Africans.
Tens of thousands of mourners came out in loud cheers as the casket carrying Winnie Mandela's remains was wheeled into the stadium less than two kilometres from her home. The debates, and complexities of the struggle icon are set to continue.
He said he felt pain when her elder daughter Zenani related her mother's suffering and how she lived a very hard life.
"It is hard to accept that she is no longer with us", cried her daughter Zenani Dlamini, "because she was always so strong".
In a moving, yet fiery eulogy, her daughter slammed her mother's critics.
Also present at the service were South Africa's former presidents, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma, as well as foreign dignitaries from Kenya, Namibia and Lesotho. "Let us honour her memory by pledging here that we will not betray the trust of her people, we will not squander or steal their resources, and that we will serve them diligently and selflessly", he said.
Apartheid security agents have gone on the record revealing the extent of their propaganda campaign against Madikizela-Mandela.
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Before her death, Winnie held several government jobs.
She would find her way to the limelight again in 1996 following her divorce that marked the end of her 38 year old union with Nelson Mandela. "Don't think for a minute that we've forgotten", she said.
As one of the country's most prominent and polarizing figures, she retained political clout long after her divorce from Mandela.
An occasion for political expression, many in the crowd wore the ANC's green, gold and black but also the red of Malema's breakaway party, Economic Freedom Fighters. We see you in your attractive suits! Malema said she asked him to return to the ANC but he responded, "But which ANC do we go to?"
Often called the "Mother of the Nation" and "Mama Winnie", Madikizela-Mandela fought to keep South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle in the worldwide spotlight while her husband, Nelson Mandela, was imprisoned. I say "fight" because the battle for our freedom was not some polite picnic at which you arrived armed with your best behaviour.
"As we bid her farewell we are forced to admit that as Mama Winnie rose, she rose alone. Zenani's tears revealed Mam' Winnie's wounds", Ramaphosa said. I truly believe that it is worth repeating that long before it was fashionable to call for Nelson Mandela's release from Robben Island, it was my mother who kept his memory alive.
She saw for herself the deliberate intent of the apartheid rulers to impoverish the people of this country. Those who notice such things would have realized that her 2013 book, 491 Days-which tells the story of the brutality she experienced at the hands of the Apartheid state, the depths of her despair and her extraordinary resilience and defiance under extreme pressure-was already an invitation for a deep re-evaluation of her life.
"Proud, defiant, articulate, she subjected the lie of apartheid, " President Cyril Ramaphosa said during his ignorance". She believed it was her calling to defend and protect both from the constant assaults by the Apartheid State.
"Yet, throughout, she endured. You deserve to be awarded the Speararankoe", he said.
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She described Madikizela-Mandela as "a heroine for a whole continent and a symbol of resistance". EFF leaders encouraged their members to act with discipline during the funeral.
Zukiswa Madikizela, one of Madikizela-Mandela's three sisters, paid tribute on behalf of the Madikizela family.
ANC politicians such as Gwede Mantashe, David Makhura, Bathabile Dlamini and Jeff Radebe also addressed the funeral that included performances by Thandiswa Mazwai, Zonke and Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse.
Following Makhura was a friend of Madikizela-Mandela only identified as Mrs Mokgobo.
"Your daughter got married to be on her own but she managed to overcome all the pain and suffering to a point where your name is a legendary status".
He said he had a conversation with her shortly before her death about her worries and her wishes. She was one of you.
She was sacked after allegations of corruption emerged with her name featuring prominently. "She was just a woman who dared to survive".
"I am here Mama to express my condolences to your biological children whom I know, and the rest of Madikizela and Mandela family".
As soon as speeches drew to a close, stormy clouds formed over the stadium, followed moments after by heavy rains that drenched mourners and the funeral procession as it drove out to a cemetery 40 kilometres away.
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DACA allows those who came to the United States undocumented as children to live in the country under the special designation. And that, he said, means the state and its taxpayers would not be illegally subsidizing the cost of education for dreamers .
Ramaphosa finished on Saturday: "She lives on in all of us".