Dec 1, 2021

Ramaphosa Marks 35th Anniversary Of Samora Machel’s Death

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Machel and his comrades play a significant role in keeping alive the memory of those who selflessly laid down their lives for the liberation of the people of Southern Africa.

FILE PHOTO: President Cyril Ramaphosa joined by President Filipe Nyusi and former President Joaquim Chissano of the Republic of Mozambique on a guided tour of the Samora Machel Museum on 35th anniversary of the passing of former President of the Republic of Mozambique Samora Machel. PICTURE: Presidency/Twitter

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MBUZINI: It is alleged that the plane crash was caused by the apartheid government because of Mr Machel’s support for South Africa.

President Cyril Rmaphosa has participated in the commemorative event on Tuesday to mark the 35th anniversary of the passing of former Mozambican president Samora Machel. 

The commemoration ceremony was held at the place of the crash site in Mbuzini, Mpumalanga in conjunction with the Mozambican government and attended by the country’s president Filipe Nyusi. 

Mr Machel died when the airplane he and his compatriots were flying in crashed into the Lebombo Mountains in 1986 near the confluence of the borders with Eswatini and Mozambique. 

It is alleged that the plane crash was caused by the apartheid government because of Mr Machel’s support for South Africa’s liberation from apartheid at the time. 

Mr Ramaphosa who was addressing at the event said the commemoration of the death of President Machel and his comrades play a significant role in keeping alive the memory of those who selflessly laid down their lives for the liberation of the people of Southern Africa. 

“The site is a reminder of the dreadful past from which we come and the sacrifices many people made to achieve a better world in which all can enjoy peace, freedom, dignity and equality. 

”South Africans, we will never forget the contribution made by president Machel and the people of Mozambique in ensuring that freedom reigns in the country,” Mr Ramaphosa said. 

President Ramaphosa has also vowed that Southern African Development Community (SADC) will continue to do all it can to drive alleged insurgent and terrorist group that has caused conflict, violence and insecurity to erupt in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province. 

“President Machel and his compatriots laid down their lives to ensure that Southern African realises their dream of freedom from hunger, inequality, injustice and conflict,” the president said. 

According to the Presidency spokesperson Tyrone Seale, the event was part of the department of sport, arts and culture’s legacy projects programme, which aims to correct and alter the heritage landscape. 

The department also used the event as an opportunity to remember and express appreciation to those who gave their lives to guarantee that Southern African countries attained their freedom and democracy. 

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