Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 22:43:26 -0400
From: yemi toure <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: H | Y | P | E Beloved African Leader Dies - 4 - ANC Statement
A People's Hero
ANC Statement on the Death of "Mwalimu" Julius Kambarage Nyerere, 14 October 1999
The African National Congress is devastated at the news of the death of Julius Nyerere earlier today. The organisation weeps in memory of this giant amongst men.
Julius Kambarage "Mwalimu" Nyerere was an outstanding leader, a brilliant philosopher and a people's hero - a champion for the entire African continent. He shall always be remembered as one of Africa's greatest and most respected sons and the father of the Tanzanian nation.
Throughout his long life he enjoyed respect and popularity that extended far beyond the borders of Tanzania. His wise counsel was sought from around the globe, even after he resigned from the presidency in 1985.
A legacy in his own lifetime, he served as a symbol of inspiration for all African nations in their liberation struggles to free themselves from the shackles of oppression and colonialism.
Mwalimu will always occupy a very important place in the hearts and minds of South Africans in general and the supporters of the ANC in particular.
The ANC is indebted to his memory for the unflinching support that he offered during our dark days of struggle against racist apartheid rule and for freedom and democracy. Our celebration of these basic rights today is to no small degree as a result of the benevolence of Julius Nyerere and the support, both moral and material, received from Tanzanian people under his rule.
The ANC pays homage to a true African legend, a man deserving of great admiration, respect and affection.
The ANC conveys its sincerest condolences to his family, friends and the Tanzanian people during this painful period.
African National Congress, 14 October 1999
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