Former President Thabo Mbeki has described Zambia’s late former President, Kenneth Kaunda, as one of the architect’s of South Africa’s democracy.

Mbeki was reminiscing on the immense contribution Kaunda and his country afforded the ANC and it’s freedom fighters.

When the ANC was banned by the oppressive regime – Kaunda allowed the party to have it’s headquarters in Lusaka.

Kaunda died on Thursday from pneumonia.

Mbeki says KK as he was affectionately known, was dedicated to the country’s liberation.

Mbeki added that Kaunda had even engaged with apartheid leaders in hopes of reaching an amicable solution.