ZIMBABWE: CONDOLENCES/SABC/15/2/18 SABANews 1
JOHANNESBURG – The TRADE UNION CONGRESS OF SOUTH AFRICAN TRADE UNIONS, COSATU, has expressed sadness over the death of former Prime Minister MORGAN TSVANGIRAI of ZIMBABWE.
The late leader of the opposition MOVEMENT FOR DEMOCRATIC CHANGE, MDC-T died last night in the SOUTH AFRICAN commercial capital, JOHANNESBURG, after suffering from colon cancer for some months.
COSATU National Spokesperson SIZWE PAMLA says his organisation is shocked and saddened to hear of the news.
He says as workers of SOUTH AFRICA they see Mr TSVANGIRAI and remember him as a man who dedicated most of his life to trade unionism – fighting for the rights of workers.
Mr PAMLA says not only did Mr TSVANGIRAI confine himself to fighting for the rights of workers, but he went further to really fight for all ZIMBABWEANS in general.
Meanwhile, the family of the veteran opposition leader say they were at his bedside over the past week, before his death last night at the age of 65.
Mr TSVANGIRAI founded the MDC Party in 1999 after falling out with the ruling ZANU PF over a number of economic decisions and policies that were bearing heavily on the population.
He became the fiercest opponent of former President ROBERT MUGABE, upsetting the 93-year-old veteran nationalist’s hold on power with SIX percent of the vote in the historic 2008 Presidential election.
The brother of Mr TSVANGIRAI, COLLINS, says the death of the opposition leader is an unfortunate event to the family and to the rest of the nation at large.
The younger Mr TSVANGIRAI says they have made arrangements to take the remains of the late opposition leader home to ZIMBABWE.
The government of ZIMBABWE has also acknowledged it has been consulting with the family of the late former Prime Minister to ensure a decent send-off for the politician, who will receive a State-assisted funeral./Sabanews/cam