Maputo — The death of Nelson Mandela, the first democratically elected president of South Africa, means “the silencing of the fighting voice of a man who was an example of courage and determination in the battle to transform noble ideas into reality”, declared Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on Friday.
“Nelson Mandela lives and will live forever in the hearts of all those who share his ideas of building a more just and united society, where peace, love for one's neighbour and solidarity are cultivated”, Guebuza said.
A voice of freedom was now stilled, he added, the voice of an iconic figure who had inspired followers throughout the world.
The fact that today's South Africa takes pride in being “a rainbow nation”, Guebuza said, is a tribute to Mandela, whose vision of diversity has enriched the country and led it towards stability and progress,
He was sure that Mandela lives on in the hearts of all who, in their daily lives, work for social and economic development and for the well-being of all people of the planet.
Guebuza said that Mozambique had followed with hope and anxiety the news about Mandela's state of health. He had been a victorious fighter in so many battles in his life that perhaps he would emerge victorious from this one as well.
“Unfortunately our hopes have evaporated to give way to pain and sorrow for the irreparable loss of this genius born to the South African people, and which our continent and the rest of the world also claims as their hero”, he said.
Guebuza addressed condolences and solidarity, on behalf of the Mozambican people, to the Mandela family and to the South African people and government.