ANC: Rest in peace, comrade president

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Former president Nelson Mandela, flanked by Thabo Mbeki, right, and Jacob Zuma, left, cuts a birthday cake at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium for his 90th birthday, organised by the ANC. File photo: Jerome Delay

Johannesburg - The ANC on Thursday expressed sadness at the news of the death of former president Nelson Mandela.

“Our nation has lost a colossus, an epitome of humility, equality, justice, peace and the hope of millions, here and abroad,” ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said in a statement.

“He loved the ANC. Hence his frequent words that upon his death he would join: 'the nearest branch of the ANC in heaven'.”

He said Mandela had assumed various leadership positions and served with distinction.

The ANC sent its condolences to the entire Mandela family.

“He was as much yours as he was ours. Probably his dedication to the ANC family robbed you of a father,” Mantashe said.

“We will, from this minute on, as always, walk this journey with you to the end.”

He urged South Africans to participate in all activities organised in Mandela's honour in a disciplined and respectful manner.

“Rest in peace, comrade president.” - Sapa

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