In a statement, the foundation says Mtshali and Botha fought on the opposite sides of South Africa’s conflict.
Mtshali fought for a South Africa which belongs to all who live in it and Botha on the other hand became the global face of the apartheid system.
It further says the two were committed to diametrically opposed value systems but their paths converged in the national interest to produce a political settlement without which our country would have become a wasteland.
The Foundation says the country needs to learn from the two who laid down their arms and sat around the negotiation table in search for a political settlement.
STATEMENT OF THE THABO MBEKI FOUNDATION ON THE PASSING OF COMRADE ERIC “STALIN” MTSHALI AND FORMER MINISTER “PIK” BOTHA. pic.twitter.com/fwWqcph93E
— Mbeki Foundation (@TMFoundation_) October 12, 2018