8th June 2014.
On behalf of the Inkatha Freedom Party, I
extend condolences to our country's former President, Mr Thabo
Mbeki, on the passing of his mother, Mrs Epainette Mbeki. Our
thoughts are with the Mbeki family as they come to terms with
this great loss.
MaMbeki was a remarkable woman; a freedom
fighter in her own right. She often said that her life belonged
to the people, and she lived those words every day, sowing into
communities and mentoring anyone who sought her advice. Even at
a great age, she actively drove upliftment projects and gave her
time to others.
My family and I admired her tremendously and
are grateful for her selfless generosity towards our country and
its struggling people.
We think now of the words of her son,
President Thabo Mbeki, during his State of the Nation Address in
2008. He carried a message to the nation from MaMbeki, who was
present in the gallery. Through her son, she asked whether we as
leaders remain committed to the undertaking we have made that
tomorrow will be better than today.
My answer, as a leader of our people, is an
unequivocal yes. I remain committed, and for as long as the Lord
grants me life I will continue the work of leaders like Ma
I thank God that as a Believer her every
tomorrow will be better, as she receives her good and just
reward. May MaMbeki rest in peace.
Contact: Ms Lyndith Waller on 073 929 1418