Thabo Mbeki’s birthday a time for unity – ANC

2014-06-18 12:57

Former president Thabo Mbeki’s 72nd birthday today was an opportunity for South Africans to recommit to unity, the ANC has said.

African National Congress spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said today that the party wished Mbeki well on his birthday, which came days after the funeral of his mother, Epainette.

“As we mark [former] president Mbeki’s birthday today, it is fitting ... that we continue to honour the legacy of selflessness and sacrifice bestowed upon us by generations of freedom fighters and activists who have been at the forefront of the uninterrupted struggle of our people for over 102 years.”

Mbeki embodied the struggle for democracy, which many men and women died for, Kodwa said.

“We must use days such as this one, when we celebrate a revolutionary, to recommit ourselves to our historic mission to unite the African people and spearhead the struggle for fundamental political, social and economic change.”

Mbeki’s mother died in the Life St Dominic’s Hospital in East London, Eastern Cape, on June 8 aged 98. Her official provincial funeral was in Dutywa on Saturday.

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