Zambia declares 7-day mourning for Mandela

Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambian President Michael Sata has declared a seven-day national mourning in honour of the late global icon Nelson Mandela.

Sata spokesman George Chellah said in a statement issued here Monday that during this period, the President has urged the Zambian people to pray and keep in mind the values that Mandela fought and stood for.

On Monday, President Sata signed a book of condolences at the South African High Commission in Lusaka.

Sata said after the signing that there would have been no black government in South Africa if Mandela did not fight against apartheid which was perpetrated by the minority in that country.

Mandela, who was South Africa's President from 1994 to 1999, died last Thursday at the age of 95.

He will be given a state funeral on Sunday.
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09 december 2013 12:07:47

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