Today, the 18th of June 2020, former President of the ANC and the Republic of South Africa, Cde Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki, turns 78. We join his family, friends, and our country to wish him a joyful and blessed birthday.
His organisation, the African National Congress, is truly fortunate that this stalwart has lived to reach the twilight of his years. We are indebted to him for his inspiration, patriotism, and willingness to continue to share his experience, skills, and wisdom with the people of South Africa. We know that his insights will be invaluable as our country crafts economic recovery plans for a more equal and radically different South Africa post Covid-19. His life inspires us to vigorously pursue the vision of a South Africa which is truly united, non-racial, non-sexist, equal, and prosperous.
On his birthday, we also think about all the people of Africa and diaspora as it is inconceivable to think of him without regard to the unity, dignity, and development of Africa. Today, we recommit ourselves to the pan African vision of the African renaissance, the ideal of the African century, and to push back the frontiers of poverty.
Once again, Happy Birthday Zizi.