As the pastors read out burial sermons, the Kupane Funeral Services groundsmen, clad in black suits and white gloves, performed a pre-burial ritual and then handed over a golden spade to the pall bearers.
The ANC praised Madikizela-Mandela for her resilience and refusal to stand by while people suffered.
"Mama those who sold you out to the regime are here".
He also attacked ANC leaders who called her a criminal and who further prevented her from speaking at youth struggle icon Peter Mokaba's funeral.
Addressing the 8th African Regional Executive Committee meeting, in Dakar, Senegal last Thursday, the Vice President (Africa) of the Geneva-based Industriall Global Union, Aremu, said "sustaining the legacies of Winnie Mandela amounts to throwing apartheid permanently into the dust-bin of history, failing which Africa risks resurrection of the evil of apartheid which Winnie courageously confronted at immeasurable costs".
She died at the age of 81.
Political battles played out at Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's funeral, as some leaders were booed and old rivalries were hashed out in tribute speeches to the global icon.
Ramaphosa said Madikizela-Mandela spoke of many thoughts she had about how the revolutionary ideals and morality of her movement should be restored and not be undermined by corruption and self-enrichment.
He said he had a conversation with her shortly before her death about her worries and her wishes.
Images are circulating online of Malema and fellow Member of Parliament Mbuyiseni Ndlozi surrounded by members of the army and police, allegedly after three EFF leaders were denied entry to the Fourways Memorial Park on Saturday where Madikizela-Mandela was laid to rest.
Malema received the loudest cheers at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Saturday.
He said that Ramaphosa must rest assured that EFF members in attendance would cheer his speech because they recognised him as the country's president. The ANC's current president Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also the country's president, the ANC Women's League, and the UDF were just some of those Malema targeted.