Some political analysts have described the late Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi as a brave man who managed to bring stability to his country. This comes after Zenawi died in a hospital abroad last night at the age of 57.
Siphamandla Zondi, the Director of the Institute of Global dialogue, says Zenawi was a remarkable man that has done quite well. Zondi also added that Zenawi managed to stabilised Ethopthia and worked bravely for Africa.
Zenawi has not been seen in several weeks. The Ethiopian government in July said that he was taking a break to recover from an unspecified condition. Reports of Zenawi being seriously ill have been rife since the former guerrilla leader failed to attend an African Union summit in Addis Ababa last month.
Zenawi has been in power since ousting Mengistu Haile Mariam's military junta in 1991. Ethiopia's Deputy Prime Minister Haile Mariam Desalegn will act as head of state following Zenawi's death.
Zenawi has been a long time ally of the US in its fight against terrorism. He has offered troops to fight alongside the African Union forces in Somalia.
Human rights have criticised Zenawi for his government's strict control.
Audio: Siphamandla Zondi.