African Union mourns Madiba’s passing

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has on behalf of the Commission, its staff, and the Union expressed grief on the passing of a pan-African icon and Nobel Peace laureate Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

“Madiba, as he was fondly known, symbolises the spirit of pan-Africanism and solidarity in the struggles of humanity against apartheid, oppression and colonialism and for self- determination, peace and reconciliation,” said Dlamini Zuma.

She recalled that before Mandela's imprisonment in 1963, he visited countless African countries that without fail pledged and rendered unflinching support for the struggle of the South African people.

“Mandela has fought a good fight, and bowed out with great reverence. His passing on is a great loss to his family, to our continent and indeed to humanity itself.

“At this sad time of sorrow, our hearts and thoughts are with his widow, Graça Machel, his ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, his children, grand and great-grandchildren and the people of South Africa and Africa. Tata Madiba Mandela will forever be missed,” said the Chairperson.

Dlamini Zuma said the African Union has dipped its banners and rededicated Africa to continue to honour Mandela’s legacy.

As all flags at the AU seat fly at half-mast in honour of Mandela, a condolence book has also been opened and the AUC announced that it would have a wall of remembrance on its website where Africans are encouraged to post messages of condolences.
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06 december 2013 09:26:42

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