PRESS STATEMENT BY
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


IFP LAMENTS THE DEATH OF NELSON MANDELA'S SON

Durban: January 6, 2005

The IFP is deeply saddened by the death of Mr Makgatho Mandela, who was the only surviving son of former President Nelson Mandela, Musa Zondi the Secretary-General of the IFP said.

"It is a very sad day for the Mandela family and indeed for South Africa as a whole that Madiba's only surviving son, Makgatho, has passed on at a relatively young age of 54. Death is a very cruel and traumatic experience and we have no doubt that the Mandela family is at this point in time gripped by this terrible experience," Rev Zondi said.

He added; "Our hearts go out to Dr Nelson Mandela and his family and we want to assure them of our solidarity in this hour of need and grief. We wish them strength and God's peace."

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