The President of the Republic, José Eduardo dos Santos, addressed Friday a message of condolence to the President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, for the death of Nelson Mandela, whose full content follows.
PRESIDENTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA
Nelson Mandela, who passed away yesterday, is the symbol of the Struggle for the full Liberation of Africa, whose ideals and examples of courage and tenacity mobilised and congregated thousands of youths for the noble cause of Freedom and Peace.
His death constitutes a moment of great consternation and pain for the South African people, its Government, that the people of Angola shares with emotion and sadness, expressing to them its indefectible solidarity.
Nelson Mandela was not only the historical leader of the ANC and the first Black President of South Africa. He was and still is the charismatic symbol of all Peace, Freedom and Democracy loving people.
On behalf of the Angolan People, the Government of Angola bends before the memory of this eminent politician and statesman and transmits to the brother People of South Africa, its Government and bereaved family, the sentiments of deep sorrow for the unfortunate event.
Please accept the assurance of our highest consideration
Luanda, 6th of December of 2013
JOSÉ EDUARDO DOS SANTOS
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ANGOLA