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United Nations Development Programme: Letter of condolences to the Sisulu family

12 May 2003

Dear Mrs. Sisulu

It is with great sadness that I am writing to you on the - assing away of your dear husband, gallant I fighter for South Africa`s freedom and world renowned human rights activist. Your loss and that of your family is irreplaceable as is the loss to the international community. As the United Nations` Secretary General Mr. Kofi Annan said in his recent statement, "He was known and loved by people far beyond South Africa`s borders for his humility, integrity, intellect and vision".

While conveying its deepest condolences to you, the lentire Sisulu family, the African National Congress, the South African Government and all South Africans on the loss of this great and brilliant leader, the United Nations would also like to celebrate ~is long and productive life, and the great I landmark he left behind in the form of a democratic andl free South Africa. I have no doubt that he was especially proud of South Africa`s contribution to Ithe vision of a united and strong Africa, particularly as embodied in the African Union and the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD).

The World knows that the inspiration of South Africa`s pa~t and present leaders -such as Presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki -was drawn from non~ other than Walter Sisulu. We all know too that his strength and inspiration were drawn directly from none other than yourself.

May his soul rest in perfect peace, secure in the knowledge that the new and free South Africa will grow from strength to strength and become a leader in the New Africa.

Yours sincerely

John Ohiorhenuan
United Nations Resident C!oordinator and UNDP Resident Representative

Mrs. Albertina Sisulu
South Africa

cc: HE Thabo Mbeki, President, Republic of South Africa
cc: Honourable Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister of ForJign Affairs
cc: Mr. Kgalema Motlanthe, Secretary General, African National Congress [Fax: 011-376-1134]