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Zuma commits to probe Machel’s death

Thursday 20 October 2011 05:42

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A statue was unveiled in the capital to honour Machel’s memory.

A statue was unveiled in the capital to honour Machel’s memory. (SABC)

President Jacob Zuma has committed to investigate the mysterious death of Mozambique's founding President, Samora Machel. He made the commitment during the 25th commemoration of Machel's death in Maputo, Mozambique yesterday.

Machel died in a fatal plane crash in 1986 when his presidential jet crashed in Mbuzini, Mpumalanga. His death has since been shrouded by conspiracy theories.  

Zuma paid tribute to Machel, as a true revolutionary and a leading post-colonial rule Statesman during the cold war.

Machel also gave confidence to the Mozambicans as well as to freedom fighters in southern Africa.

Zuma worked closely with Machel shortly after fleeing into exile in Mozambique in the early eighties. "He has left a good legacy.  Firstly, he was an organised person; he believed in discipline, he believed that his party Frelimo should be a disciplined party."

African heads of state also joined in to salute the courageous freedom fighter who after attaining Mozambican independence in 1975 opened his country to be a safe haven for other liberation movements. "Our fight for freedom was escalated because of him," said Zuma.

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