Zuma closes China-Africa Summit with tribute to Mandela

Yesterday marked the two-year anniversary of former president Nelson Mandela’s passing.

FILE. President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma says it's befitting that South Africa spent the anniversary of Nelson Mandela's death discussing the development of the African continent.

The president was addressing delegates on Saturday at the closing ceremony of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (Focac) in Sandton.

The forum, which has been heralded as a success by politicians and business people, has seen China pledge $60 billion in assistance to Africa.

Saturday marked two years since Mandela's death at his Houghton home in Johannesburg.

He was 95 years old.

Zuma says while the founding father of South Africa's democracy wasn't present at the deliberations, he was remembered by all heads of state gathered at the summit.

"We are taking his vision forward and I must thank you for your warm words that you have made towards him on this day."