Congratulations pour in for Mbeki

Johannesburg - The ANC Youth League congratulated former President Thabo Mbeki on Saturday on being named the Daily Trust African of the Year for his work in preventing conflict in Sudan.

League spokeswoman Khusela Sangoni-Khawe said the award was an affirmation of Mbeki's tenacity.

(File image) Former president Thabo Mbeki. Photo: Masi Losi. Credit: Independent Newspapers

“President Mbeki.... has displayed integrity and outstanding leadership in the course of performing his role as a mediator to Sudan,” she said.

Sangoni-Khawe called on other leaders to follow in Mbeki's footsteps.

“We make a call to our leaders from all walks of life to emulate this distinguished son of the continent by working tirelessly to improve the conditions of the African masses.”

Mbeki was honoured with the award on Thursday evening.

Daily Trust advisory board chairman Salim Ahmed Salim said the winner was chosen by a panel.

“We look for an ordinary African doing extraordinary things,” he said.

“For his outstanding leadership of the panel, for his persistent and consistent involvement in the peace process, and for the success of the panel in bringing Sudan and South Sudan back from the brink of war and consolidating a new start in relations, he is the 2012 African of the Year,” he said. - Sapa