President Cyril Ramaphosa has, on behalf of the South African authorities, despatched condolences to the folks of the United Republic of Tanzania, following the passing away of the previous Tanzania President, Benjamin Williams Mkapa.
Born on 12 November 1938 in Mtwara, Tanzania, Mkapa handed away on Friday on the age of 81.
Paying tribute to the late former President, President Ramaphosa mentioned Mkapa was a visionary African chief and an distinctive peace dealer main a number of peace mediation course of in Africa.
Ramaphosa mentioned in an announcement on Friday:
“He was a revolutionary at coronary heart and formidable chief championing peace, integration and financial improvement in East Africa and South Africa.”
President Ramaphosa recalled the phrases of the late former President Nelson Mandela in his tackle to President Mkapa throughout his go to to Tanzania in 1998, the place he mentioned:
“The battle of our liberation was one that you just made your individual, not in any distant means, however as freedom fighters sharing the sacrifices and the hazards. You gave us a house away from house once we most wanted it.”
The President pinpointed the necessary position performed by the previous President, particularly how he supported and inspired sanctions in opposition to apartheid South Africa for his or her occupation of Namibia on the United Nations and on the worldwide stage.
“The folks of South Africa will at all times have a heat recollection of the lifetime of former President Mkapa, for the position that he performed, not solely in South Africa, but additionally on the African continent,” President Rampahosa mentioned.