President mourns SA’s King Zwelithini & Botswana’s former foreign minister

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has sent messages of condolences to South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa and Botswana’s President, Mokgweetsi Keabetswe Masisi following the death of King Goodwill Zwelithini Kabhekuzulu, leader of the Zulu kingdom of South Africa and Botswana’s former foreign affairs minister, Archibald Mooketsa Mongwe respectively.
In a statement, President Mnangagwa said he conveys his deepest sympathies to the royal family, government and the people of South Africa and indeed the Zulu nation on the sad loss of King Kabhekuzulu.
“Zimbabwe will always remember the late King Zwelithini for the invaluable role he played in helping build bridges and encouraging cohesion and peace as South Africa delicately transited from apartheid to a democratic dispensation. His rich legacy will indeed have a lasting impact that will be remembered by current and future generations of South Africa,” read the statement.
To his Botswana counterpart, President Mnangagwa said he mourns together with the people of Botswana on the sad loss of a man who dedicated his life to the service of his country, the region and the continent.
“We in Zimbabwe will remember the important contributions made by Mr Mongwe in various roles, notably in his capacity as an accomplished diplomat and envoy of Botswana to the rest of the world. He played a pivotal role at a time when most countries in the region were fighting for independence, an arduous task which he handled skillfully,” read the statement.