Statement by President Thabo Mbeki on the Death of Mrs. Coretta
President Thabo Mbeki today lamented the death of Mrs.
In a special message, President Mbeki
said: With the death of Coretta Scott- King, the world has lost yet another
great human being who, through the sacrifices that she and her family made to
the cause of freedom, never wavered in the face of immense adversity.
President Mbeki went on to say:
Mrs. Scott-King, with
the full support of her husband, the late Dr Martin Luther King Jr., was a tireless
worker for a new and just order, the impact of which defied geographical borders.
Indeed, many of the worlds downtrodden and oppressed drew inspiration from
their brave and courageous mission. In our own struggle against apartheid in South
Africa, Coretta and Dr Martin Luther King were at all times a towering presence,
who, through their experiences, provided guidance, inspiration and, indeed, helped
us to maintain the unshakable belief that we, too, would overcome.
bearing the harrowing experience of her husbands assassination with such
fortitude and dignity, she endeared herself to countless numbers of people in
South Africa and the world at large.
Our hearts go out to
the Scott and King families as we salute our good friend, Coretta President
Mbeki said, adding that, on behalf of the people and Government of South Africa,
he was extending his heartfelt condolences to the Scott and the King families
at the loss of a gallant sister in the struggle.
by: The Presidency
31 January 2006