BUJUMBURA April 13th (ABP) – Burundi Senate 2nd Deputy President Anicet Niyongabo offered condolences to the South African Parliament on behalf of the Burundian Senate following the death of Nelson Mandela’s former wife, Winnie Mandela, death that occurred on April 2, 2018. After signing in the book of condolences at the Embassy of South Africa in Burundi located in “Asiatique” quarter in Rohero zone of Mukaza commune, the 2nd Deputy President of the Senate, along with the political adviser to this embassy Zakhele Mnisi, indicated that by that act, the Senate wants to show its support to the South African Senate in particular, to the South African Parliament in general and to Winnie Mandela’s family.
He pointed out that Winnie Mandela was a fighter for freedom, for human rights in general and for women’s rights in particular, as evidenced by her part in the struggle against apartheid that led to independence of her country. He added that she had done a lot of things for the South African government. In addition to that, he continued, South Africa and Burundi have special relations. Burundi supported South Africa in its fight against apartheid, while South Africa played a major role in the successful conclusion of the Arusha Peace Accords and is still in good relationships with Burundi.