zuma and guebuza 13-12-11.jpgSouth African President Jacob Zuma has pledged his government’s commitment to a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Mozambique’s first President, Samora Machel.

Addressing the Mozambican parliament, on the second day of his state visit, Zuma said Mozambique is a country that lost its leader in mysterious circumstances because of his support for the liberation of his sisters and brothers across the border.

“The people of Mozambique faced hardships while supporting their South African brothers and sisters who were fighting the apartheid monster”, President Zuma said.

Cde Machel died on 19 October 1986 when his plane crashed into a hillside at Mbuzini, just inside South Africa. It is widely believed that the crash was engineered by the apartheid military, who diverted the plane from its correct flight path by using a pirate radio beacon broadcasting on the same frequency as the Maputo airport beacon.

President Zuma said the support Mozambique gave to South Africa in the fight against apartheid as immeasurable and would want to pay homage to the people of Mozambique for their unwavering support for the liberation of the people of South Africa.

Cde Zuma noted that Mozambique is one of South Africa’s top trading partners on the continent, and applauded Mozambique for its investment attractiveness.

“South Africa, the region and the continent have a lot to learn from Mozambique regarding its ability to catch the attention of investors” said Cde Zuma.

President Zuma urged private sectors of both countries to identify major investment opportunities for Mozambican companies in South Africa, share knowledge, expertise and technological know-how.

Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma has been honoured with the Freedom of the City of Maputo, the capital of Mozambique.

Cde Zuma was honoured by his Mozambican counterpart, President Armando Guebuza this Tuesday.

In his acceptance speech, President Zuma said the award clearly highlights the bilateral relations between the two countries.