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Johannesburg - Former Bophuthatswana leader Lucas Manyane Mangope has died, it emerged on Thursday. 

This is according to South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), which broke the news on Thursday night. 

Mangope was  the president of Bophuthatswana, one of the apartheid-era homelands or Bantustans to which black South Africans were confined

He was also the former leader of  United Christian Democratic Party (UCDP), a party he also founded. 

It remains unclear what the cause of death is at this stage. 

Tributes began pouring in on social media following news of the former leader's death. 

Many users took to Twitter to remember Mangope and pass their condolences to his family and friends. 

See some of the tweets below:


Robala Tautona!

Ratla ra sotlwa ke mapantinti

— Tumi Sole (@tumisole) January 18, 2018

Robala Ka kgotso, Motlotlegi Tautona Rre His Excellency President Manyane Mangope #lucasmangope

— Raboiyane Mothobi (@RaboiyaneM) January 18, 2018

R.I.P #LucasMangope Alitshoni lingena ndaba. Another African leader has fallen.

— ThanduxoloJindela (@Ian_Jindela) January 18, 2018

#LucasMangope roballa ka kgotso ntate mo presidanti 🕊

— NqobaKonke (@BongiswaBaliti) January 18, 2018

* This is a developing story