Cyril Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa paid tribute to the late Mozambican President Samora Machel. Photo: Cyril Ramaphosa / Twitter

Ramaphosa: Samora Machel’s death a reminder of our past

President Cyril Ramaphosa paid tribute to late Mozambican President Samora Machel who supported the liberation of Southern African countries.

Cyril Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa paid tribute to the late Mozambican President Samora Machel. Photo: Cyril Ramaphosa / Twitter

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the commemoration of the deaths of Samora Machel, and those he was travelling with, helps to keep alive the memories of the lives that were lost in the fight for the liberation of Southern Africa.

Ramaphosa was speaking during the commemoration ceremony of the 35th anniversary of the death of Mozambique’s first post-independence president, Samora Machel. 

The commemoration ceremony was held at the site of Machel’s death, in conjunction with the Mozambican government, and attended by that country’s President Filipe Nyusi.

MACHEL’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO LIBERATING SA WERE IMMENSE

This site is a reminder of the dreadful past from which we come and the sacrifices many people made to achieve a better world in which all can enjoy peace, freedom, dignity and equality. As South Africans, we will never forget the contribution made by President Machel and the people of Mozambique in ensuring that freedom reigns in country,” said Ramaphosa.

President Samora  Machel died when the airplane that he and at least 42 others – including crew members – were flying in, crashed into the Lebombo mountains at Mbuzini in Mpumalanga in 1986.

It is alleged that the plane crash was caused by the apartheid government because of Machel’s support for South Africa’s liberation from apartheid at the time.

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RAMAPHOSA: MUCH STILL NEEDS TO BE DONE

Ramaphosa also said that although much has been done for the prosperity of African people, much is still to be done to overcome the struggle to which Machel “dedicated his life”.

“The people of Southern Africa – and indeed of our continent – have yet to know the dignity, prosperity and security that they seek and deserve. They have yet to recover from the ravages of colonialism and iniquities of apartheid. They still face major challenges of poverty, unemployment, inequality and violent conflict. We must decisively deal with these challenges and work towards lasting peace in our region and continent,” he said.

He highlighted that global crises like the COVID-19 pandemic have amplified the need for African countries to work together to overcome this disease and ensure an inclusive and sustained social and economic recovery.