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Ramaphosa warns Mozambique jihadists at Machel memorial

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His Excellency President @CyrilRamaphosa lays wreath in honour of President Samora Machel’s role in the struggle for liberation at a wreathlaying ceremony held at the Mbuzini Memorial Site. #SamoraMachel #SamoraMachelLegacy #BetterAfricaBetterWorld

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday marked the 35th anniversary of the death of Mozambique’s first president Samora Machel, vowing to go after Islamist insurgents wreaking havoc in the north of the country.

Ramaphosa and Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi led a memorial event at the sight of the plane crash that killed Machel while flying home from a conference in Zambia.

On October 19, 1986, a Tupolev airplane carrying Machel crashed into mountains in South Africa near the border with Mozambique, killing 35 people. 

President #SamoraMachel passed away in 1986 when his plane crashed on South African soil in the Lebombo Mountains near the confluence of the borders of South Africa, eSwatini and Mozambique.
President #SamoraMachel passed away in 1986 when his plane crashed on South African soil in the Lebombo Mountains near the confluence of the borders of South Africa, eSwatini and Mozambique.

Ramaphosa paid tribute to Machel for his contribution to the fight against colonial and apartheid rule in southern Africa, urging the region to “continue with the struggle” for freedoms.

“It is for this reason that the peoples of southern Africa… have all decided, collectively, to act in solidarity to help the people of Mozambique to push out and to fight the insurgents who are spreading conflict, insecurity and violence.”

“I have one message for those insurgents. We will come after you,” warned Ramaphosa

“We will make sure that Mozambique becomes a country where you will not spread violence,” he said.

The 16-nation SADC bloc has deployed troops in northern Mozambique since July.

The conflict has since 2017 killed more than 3,300 people and displaced around 800,000 others.

Machel’s crash remains a mystery, but speculation has lingered that it was linked to tensions between Mozambique and the then-apartheid regime in South Africa. @ AFP

HE President @CyrilRamaphosa joined by President Filipe Nyusi, former President Joaquim Chissano and Ms Graça Machel at the #SamoraMachel Monument in Mbuzini, Mpumalanga
HE President @CyrilRamaphosa joined by President Filipe Nyusi, former President Joaquim Chissano and Ms Graça Machel at the #SamoraMachel Monument in Mbuzini, Mpumalanga

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