Veteran opposition leader and former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai died last night after succumbing to cancer of the colon at Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre in Johannesburg. He was 65. His allies, former allies and rivals all seem united in mourning.
Here is how some politicians reacted to his death:
My brother @SAPresident we appreciate and salute you for the role you played in enhancing our friendship with the People of South Africa. We wish you well in your next phase of Service and Leadership. @MYANC has once again reminded us the importance of strong political parties
We are stunnedWe are wordless . He was our father ,our commander, our leaderThe warmest among us ,themost loving of all of us The Founder who when no one dared was the 1st to lift his head & look the dictator in the eye .He took body blows for all of us. He led . We are stunned
Although he has been unwell we are in shock at the passing of Tsvangirai, a true democrat who fearlessly stood up to the Mugabe regime and was an inspiration to many. Although we may have differed politically I held a deep respect for MT. My condolences to his family.MHDSRIEP
The colossus of the struggle for democracy in Zimbabwe & beyond has fallen! The people’s hero is gone. May your dream materialize in our lifetime. Thank you for making me believe that change is possible, the courage & to fight for it, & an opportunity to. RIP Morgan Tsvangirai
Whilst Morgan Tsvangirai undoubtedly is a hero of heroes and deserves this status more than most it is unlikely that ZANU PF will confer that on him. Generally they confer that honour on those who believe in violence or the obscenely corrupt and MT was neither of those. https://twitter.com/voiceofzim/status/963907747149504512 …
Morgan Tsvangirai deserves to be declared a national hero – that’s if the national shrine is dedicated to those who contributed to building the great nation that is Zimbabwe, those who believed that our best days are ahead of us & those who were prepared to fight for the dream.
1/2 RIP @mrtsvangirai. It has been 26 years since I first worked with you in 1992. From the trenches of the trade union movement of ZCTU to serving as your Deputy President in the MDC for the past 12 years, I can truly say you, Mr President, are a true democrat.
Yes he is a true democratic hero. But l think there’s nothing special in our national heroes acre of late. Pliz don’t mix him with vampires and carnivores. We can respect him wherever he lies to rest