Mthethwa describes the late Kaunda as a man of great discipline and dedication
Sports, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa described former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda as a man of great discipline and dedication, conviction and conscience, as well as humor and d ‘humanity.
Speaking at the National Memorial Service for Dr Kenneth Kaunda, Mthethwa said Kaunda’s background was shaped by the lessons of her parents – her mother who was a teacher and her father, who was a reverend.
“Dr Kenneth Kaunda made it clear that Zambia’s support and participation in the liberation struggle was not based on a desire to make social, economic and political investments.
“On the contrary, he was just doing what was morally correct and therefore should not be concerned about whether or not there would be any rewards for the Zambian sacrifices,” Mthethwa said.
Mthethwa said Zambia, under Kaunda’s leadership, has opened its borders to those fleeing oppression and has welcomed the leaders of the liberation movements.
“It came at a huge cost due to their difficult geographic location. South Africa, like many frontline states of the day, owed its freedom and independence to this gallant statesman, a jovial man, a creative worker, a sportsman and above all, a true and sincere African liberator, ”said Mthethwa.
Mthethwa said Kaunda commands the respect and admiration of all his peers, as seen from the frontline states.
“In international platforms, Dr Kaunda has always expressed his determination to fight for the freedom of all oppressed African nations and all other nations of the world.
The national memorial was organized under the theme “Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr Kenneth Kaunda” and was broadcast on virtual platforms. Kaunda died at the age of 97 on June 17, 2021.
International Relations Minister Dr Naledi Pandor said Kaunda’s internationalism and pan-African activism was evident even before he became the first president of an independent and democratic Zambia.
“This commitment to ending the colonial subjugation of Africans has become a central part of his role as President of Zambia.”
Pandor said President Kaunda had placed the people of Zambia and Zambia in the crosshairs of the government of apartheid South Africa and other countries seeking to retain the privileges of empire on the continent. African.
“He did this thanks to his unwavering support for the African liberation movements, including offering them a sanctuary in Zambia.
“As we celebrate his life and accomplishments, let’s make sure we accomplish what he and his great friend President Nelson Mandela were aiming for.
“Let us honor President Kaunda by ensuring that we all support President Ramaphosa’s role as vaccine champion for the African Union. “
Pandor said South Africans would forever be grateful for the opportunity to partner with the late Dr Kaunda. “We will remain grateful to Dr Kaunda.”
Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Major General Jackson Miti said Zambia’s first President, affectionately known as “KK”, was not only a leader and an inspiration to both for the Zambian people and the mainland, but that he was also a true gallant statesman.
“Due to Dr Kaunda’s firm conviction in continental cooperation, he pleaded for the unity of the liberation movements in the different countries,” Miti said.
Although Zambia has been exposed to numerous attacks and reprisals from Southern Rhodesia and South Africa under white rule, Dr Kaunda has not relented in his quest for an independent continent.
Dr. Kaunda will be remembered for his exceptional leadership in forming the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) amid an aggressive controversy between the Western and Eastern blocs during the Cold War of the mid-1940s to the early 1990s. .
“Dr Kaunda, a good-humored fellow in South Africa’s liberation struggle, was close to liberation movement veterans such as the late Oliver Tambo, Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Chris Hani and former President Thabo Mbeki, among others, ”Miti said.
At Dr Kaunda’s funeral last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa described him as a staunch friend of the South African people.
“He supported us during our long struggle for liberation. Even as the brutal apartheid regime sought to wreak havoc on the frontline states in its efforts to destroy the liberation movement, Dr Kaunda stood firm and never wavered in his support for the people of South Africa and the region. ”
(With contributions from the South African government press release)