Riot's death a loss for our new democracy - KZN premier

2016-12-10 07:54
KZN Premier Willies Mchunu (City Press).

KZN Premier Willies Mchunu (City Press).

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Durban - The recent death of prominent stuggle hero Riot Mkhwanazi was a loss to democracy, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu said on Friday.

"What saddens us is that his departure is a depletion of solid leaders, not just for the ANC as a ruling party, but of our new democracy as a whole," Mchunu said.

Mkhwanazi, 83, died on Sunday.

Mchunu commended President Jacob Zuma for declaring a special provincial funeral for Mkhwanazi.

"He served the whole country with dedication until his last moment. The visit by the president to the family on Tuesday, including messages of condolences that have been outpouring from different parts of the country, are an indication of the impact that Mkhwanazi made throughout his life."

Mchunu said community leaders and people across all political lines were united in paying tribute to Mkhwanazi.

"He was a good and a kind man, a mature, and highly experienced leader."

In 1963‚ Mkhwanazi and Zuma were arrested together after trying to cross into Botswana.

After being released, Mkhwanazi went into exile in Mozambique until the Nkomati Accord was signed between South Africa and Mozambique in 1984.

Mkhwanazi and other ANC members in exile returned to South Africa in the early 1990s.

Zuma would attend Mkhwanazi's funeral at the University of Zululand's Ellis Park sport field on Sunday.


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