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Death of Walter Sisulu

Secretary Colin L. Powell
Washington, DC
May 6, 2003

The United States joins the people and government of South Africa in mourning the passing yesterday of Walter Sisulu, in Johannesburg. Sisulu was the “elder statesman” of the African National Congress and a lifelong leader in the struggle to end apartheid rule in South Africa. On behalf of the American people, Secretary Powell offers sincerest condolences to Sisulu’s wife Albertina, and his extended family, and to the people of South Africa.

Sisulu’s life was dedicated to the establishment of full democratic rule and equality for all South Africans, regardless of race or color. South Africa has lost a giant, but one whose goals for an inclusive, multiracial, multicultural nation was realized with the end of apartheid rule in 1994.


Released on May 6, 2003

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