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Ramaphosa hails Mugabe as ‘gallant leader of Pan-Africanism’

Ramaphosa is among world leaders paying tribute to the elderly politician who died in Singapore on Friday.

President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – As the world continues to reflect on Robert Mugabe’s legacy, tributes continue to pour in for the former Zimbabwean president, with heads of state praising him for the role he played in the country’s transition to dependence.

Mugabe died at a Singapore hospital while seeking treatment.

He leaves behind his wife Grace and their three children.

President Cyril Ramaphosa says Mugabe was an outstanding leader.

“We remember him as a towering leader of a struggle for independence for the people of Zimbabwe. But [also] an outstanding leader on the African continent.”

He said the 95-year-old leader will be missed dearly.

“We will forever remember President Mugabe as a gallant leader of Pan-Africanism, of the independence of Africa.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin has hailed Mugabe’s role in Zimbabwe as a great contribution, Kenyan opposition leader described him as a liberation hero who like others, made mistakes; while the Zanu-PF said its former leader leaves the country a better place.

At the same time, former Zimbabwe finance minister Tendai Biti says Mugabe will be remembered as a liberator, despite all the atrocities he committed during his tenure.

“He made his omissions and commissions, but you cannot take away the fact that he was a liberator and we appreciate and thank him for that. We pass our condolences to his wife and children, and our condolences to the whole of Zimbabwe.”

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