Tsvangirai signs Mandela book of condolences

MDC-T President, Morgan Tsvangirai, today signed a book of condolences in honour of the late former South Africa President, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

MDC-T President, Morgan Tsvangirai
MDC-T President, Morgan Tsvangirai

Tsvangirai signed the book of condolences at the residence of the SA Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Vusi Mavimbela, where he was welcomed by senior officials.

Mandela, the first South Africa majority president in 2004 when the country abandoned apartheid, died last Thursday after a long battle with a lung infection..

Tsvangirai hailed Mandela as an exceptional leader.

“On my own behalf, of the party, MDC and the people of Zimbabwe, I join the people of South Africa in mourning the death of a great icon,” Tsvangirai said.

Soon after Mandela’s death, Tsvangirai, in a statement, hailed Mandela as an inspirational leader who indicated during the one meeting he had with him that the former SA president was disappointed with President Robert Mugabe’s leadership.

“He told me that the country had taken a wrong turn and that President Mugabe had led the nation to the brink of political and economic turmoil and that he would personally do all he could to persuade the Zimbabwean leadership to see sense,” said Tsvangirai.

Observers criticised President Mugabe for taking long to send a condolence message to South Africa and the Mandela family.

Mugabe and Mandela had a frosty relationship and differed sharply when Zimbabwe sent troops to fend off an insurrection in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1997 without consulting the Southern African Development Community.

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