Mbeki: “His passing signals the end of an historic era"

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06 December 2013

Former president Thabo Mbeki paid homage to the man who handed him the presidency.

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Mbeki said that although Mabida’s departure is a sad moment of grief for his family, it’s also a loss for South Africa because he served as our guide and one of our fathers for many decades.

“President Mandela, Madiba, and his generation of freedom fighters walked their long walk and made enormous sacrifices which eventually led to our freedom in 1994. His passing signals the end of an historic era represented by the heroic deeds of his generation. “

Mbeki urged South African and all Africans to commit themselves selflessly to address the many challenged we face.

“As we mourn President Mandela’s passing we must ask ourselves the fundamental question – what shall we do to respond to the tasks of building a democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous South Africa, a people centred society free of hunger, poverty, disease and inequality, as well as Africa’s renaissance, to whose attainment President Nelson Mandela dedicated his whole life?

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