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– SABC news

President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Friday be attending the state funeral service of Dr Kenneth Kaunda, the founding president of the Republic of Zambia.

Ramaphosa will deliver a message of support to the Zambian people on behalf of the government and people of South Africa.

President Ramaphosa will be supported by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, and that of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe.

President Kaunda passed away in June at the age of 97.

The elderly statesman succumbed to pneumonia while in a hospital in Lusaka.

Following his passing, the South African government declared a period of mourning for 10 days with the national flag flying at half-mast at all flag stations. Zambia had declared 21 days.

The late Zambia’s first democratically elected president post independence from Britain is hailed as one of the pioneer leaders of a new Africa, who put bigger interests ahead of personal ambition.

He has also been remembered for his role in the liberation of countries in Southern Africa.

Kaunda led Zambia from 1964 until 1991 when he lost power to labour leader, Fredrick Chiluba. He will be buried at the Presidential burial site in the capital Lusaka.

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