Condolences with the passing away of the Miriam Makeba statement by the UDM President (10 November 2008)

The United Democratic Movement wishes to extend our deepest heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the late Miriam Makeba during this time of bereavement.

Mama Afrika, as she was affectionately known, attained many tremendous achievements during her lifespan. She will be remembered as a person who lived her life to the full. She will also be remembered for her talent, style and passionate belief in what she was doing, as well as carrying a message of hope for South Africans during trying times inside and outside the country. Her legacy lives on through the accomplishments of her children and the generation who aspire to be musicians. The young generation can learn from the discipline and respect that Miriam Makeba embraced throughout her life.

She was rated among the leading proponents of change in South Africa. We have lost a true role model whose work will always be remembered.

May her soul rest in peace.