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Jamaica’s support excites South Africa

Kimmo Matthews

Monday, December 09, 2013    

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THE South African High Commission in Jamaica yesterday said that it was encouraged by the level of support that Jamaica had extended to the people of that country, who continue to mourn the passing of its iconic former leader, Nelson Mandela.

"We are very much humbled and honoured by the response by the Jamaican people," Counsellor of the South African High Commission to Jamaica Peter Makwarela said.

Makwarela was speaking on the behalf of high commissioner, Mathu Joyini, during the Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) church Service held to commemorate International Human Rights Day and the life and work of Mandela, who died last Thursday, December 5, aged 95.

The event was held at Christ Church, Vineyard Town, St Andrew.

"They (Jamaicans) have been with us a long time during our struggle, they have been in solidarity with us and, after we became free, we have got warm and deep relations," said Makwarela.

He said that both countries had for years been cooperating and working in various areas to develop strong bonds.

The comments from Makwarela came a day after Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller left the island to attend the memorial service of Mandela, the former president of South Africa.

The service is to be held at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on December 10.

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