Trade union Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says they are saddened to hear about the death of Zimbabwean former prime minister and main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader, Morgan Tsvangirai.

He died in Johannesburg on Wednesday at the age of 65 after losing his battle with colon cancer.

He had been diagnosed with the disease in 2016 and had been undergoing regular treatment at the Donald Gordon Medical Centre in Parktown.

Cosatu National Spokesperson Sizwe Pamla says, “We are shocked and saddened to hear of the death of comrade Tsvangarai. For us as workers of South Africa we look at him and remember that this is a man who dedicated most of his life as a trade unionist fighting for the rights of workers and not only did he confine himself for fighting for the rights of workers but he went further to really fight for Zimbabweans in general.”

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