Lusaka, Friday 6 April 2018: COMESA Secretariat has joined the rest of the world to mourn a leader of South Africa’s liberation struggle, Mrs Winnie Mandela who was locally fondly referred to as “Mother of the Nation.”
Secretary General Sindiso Ngwenya last week sent a message of Condolences to the President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa. In his message, which was also addressing the Government, the family and people of South Africa, Mr Ngwenya expressed shock at the news of the passing on of the anti-apartheid hero.
“Mrs Mandela will be remembered for being one of the greatest icons of the struggle against apartheid. She was fondly known as the ‘Mother of the Nation’ because of her struggle against white-minority rule in South Africa.”
“Her contribution to the growth of the African National Congress (ANC) party and deepening of democracy in South Africa cannot be over emphasized. This continent will greatly miss her wise counsel and guidance on handling national issues and championing rights for all,” the message read in part.
The Secretary General described Mrs Mandela’s death as a big loss to not only her family and South Africa but to the entire African continent. He prayed for God’s strength for the Mandela family as well as the people of South Africa during this challenging time.
Mrs Mandela died on 2nd April 2018 in South Africa after an illness and she will be put to rest this week on Wednesday 11th April.