This day in history: South Africa honours the late Samora Machel

This day in history: South Africa honours the late Samora Machel

On 18 October 1986, former Mozambican president Samora Machel died while he was still in office when his plane crashed near the Mozambique-South Africa border.

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On Friday, South Africans and Mozambicans took to social media to honour him on the 32nd anniversary of his death.

Minister Nathi Mthethwa wrote on Twitter, "Today marks 32 years since struggle hero & late President of Mozambique, Samora Machel tragically passed on in an airplane crash in Mbuzini, Mpumalanga. Let us reflect on his ideals and consider how we can all play a part in creating new ideas to build a new society #SamoraMachel."

So, decided to take a brief look at his life, career and death.

1. Early life

Machel was born on 29 September 1933 to a family of farmers in the village of Madragoa, which is known as Chilembene.

However, his family faced the same racism as other black farmers and they were forced to sell their products at a lower price than white farmers.

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2. Fighting for Freedom

Machel joined the FRELIMO, an organisation which fought for independence of the Portuguese Overseas Province of Mozambique. Today FRELIMO is the dominant party in the African country.

3. Jack of all trades

Apart from being the Mozambican head of state, Machel served as the military commander and he worked as a nurse.

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4. Machel and Mandela was in the same WhatsApp group

Both Machel and Mandela were known to be prominent figures in the fight for freedom for their respective countries.

But, Mandela and Machel had more in common than politics. Both men were married to Graça Machel Mandela.

Graça became the first woman in history to be married to two president from different countries.

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