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PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE HAILS MANDELA AS A CHAMPION OF THE OPPRESSED

December 07, 2013 | UhuruSpirit

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe



Mr Nelson Mandela was a champion of the oppressed and his commitment to liberation will forever be cherished by Zimbabwe, President Mugabe has said.

In his condolence message following the death of South Africa’s first black President on Thursday, Zimbabwe’s Head of State and Government described Mandela as a fighter for justice.

Mandela died aged 95 at his Johannesburg home after a protracted lung infection and will be buried on December 15.

President Mugabe yesterday wrote to South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma saying, “On behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Zanu-PF and indeed on my own behalf, I would like to extend deep condolences to you and, through you to the Government and people of the Republic of South Africa, on the death of the great icon of African liberation, freedom fighter and the first President of a free, independent and democratic South Africa, Mr Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela on 5th December 2013.

“Mr Nelson Mandela’s renowned and illustrious political life will forever remain a beacon of excellence. Not only was he a great champion of the emancipation of the oppressed, but he also was a humble and compassionate leader who showed selfless dedication to the service of his people.

“We join the rest of the nation in mourning his departure. The late Nelson Mandela will forever remain in our minds as an unflinching fighter for justice.”

Through President Zuma, the Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces extended his condolences to Mandela’s widow, children and wider family.

“Please accept, Your Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration,” he added. - The Herald



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