Former South African President Thabo Mbeki has described late former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as “an outstanding fighter for liberation not only of the people of Zimbabwe but also all other colonially and racially oppressed people”.

Mugabe passed away in Singapore aged 95. He had been battling ill-health and was being treated in Singapore since April.  President Emmerson Mnangagwa told a Cabinet meeting two weeks ago that doctors had discontinued treatment.

Mbeki says Mugabe will always be remembered as a principled, steadfast and courageous Pan-Africanist, a great defender of African interests and an outstanding fighter for Africa’s emancipation.