South African High Commissioner to Zambia Piet Matebe has thanked President Michael for declaring seven days of national mourning in honour of the late former President of that country, Nelson Mandela.
Mr. Matebe made the remarks in Lusaka today when paramount chief Mpezeni, accompanied by chiefs Nzamane and Madzimawe, signed the book of condolences in honour of the late first black president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.
He said declaring seven days of national mourning signifies the importance the Zambian government attaches to the existing relations between Zambia and South Africa.
Mr. Matebe has also thanked the traditional leadership in Zambia for the support rendered to the people of South Africa during this trying moment.
He said South Africa will forever be indebted to the Zambian people for the cordial relations that exist between the two countries.
Mr. Matebe said this was the time to come together and embrace each other for a better Africa and the world at large.
He has also called on the Zambian people to gather in large numbers at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross to remember the life of Mr. Mandela.
Mr. Matebe said he was aware that Zambians have equally been touched by the death of Mr. Mandela because he was a great leader who inspired many people.
And paramount chief Mpezeni also applauded President Sata for declaring seven days of national mourning.
Chief Mpezeni described the late Mr. Mandela as the great son of Africa who led an exemplary kind of lifestyle and leadership quality.
The traditional leader said even if Zambians do not travel to South Africa for the funeral and burial of the late Mr. Mandela, they will definitely join South Africans in spirit.
Chief Mpezeni said the late Mr. Mandela was a remarkable, selfless and great leader of all times and his death must help Zambians to reflect on their lifestyle.
He said the late Mr. Mandela held no grudge to any of those that mistreated him but instead showed love to all the races in South Africa.