President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his condolences to Zimbabweans on behalf of South Africa, following the news of the death of former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe.
"South Africans join the people and government of Zimbabwe in mourning the passing of a liberation fighter and champion of Africa's cause against colonialism," Ramaphosa said in a statement from the Presidency.
The president said under Mugabe's leadership, Zimbabwe sustained a "valiant" struggle against colonialism, inspiring South Africa's own efforts in its own battle against an apartheid regime.
He added that Zimbabwe was also brutalised and punished for supporting the South African liberation struggle.
Ramaphosa also acknowledged the role Mugabe played through the Southern African Development Community in acknowledging solidarity in the region.
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