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Call for ‘fearless mentor’ Tsvangirai to be declared Zim national hero

The 66-year-old died at a Johannesburg hospital on Thursday night.

FILE: Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai at a press conference on 16 November 2017 in Harare. Picture: AFP

ZIMBABWE - Tributes have been pouring in for Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai who died from cancer.

The 66-year-old died at a Johannesburg hospital on Thursday night.

There’ve been calls for the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) president to be declared a national hero, a status usually reserved for members of the ruling party.

Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions said they had been robbed of a fearless mentor. It was at the ZCTU more than 20 years ago that he began his fight for a new Zimbabwe.

In 1999, he and some of his colleagues from the ZCTU were key founding members of the MDC.

Politician David Coltart‏ on Thursday said while Tsvangirai made some mistakes, he was committed to transforming Zimbabwe and deserved to be called a hero.

Foreign embassies in Harare have also extended their condolences.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)