Saturday, September 27, 2008

Mandela congratulates newly elected president

By Mikhaila Crowie
27 September 2008

Former President Nelson Mandela has congratulated newly elected President Kgalema Motlanthe on his appointment.

Mandela, in a congratulatory letter sent to the Union Buildings, said South Africa was in good hands.

Mandela described Motlanthe as a quiet, firm and principled leader who puts reason above emotions and one who seeks to unite rather than divide.

Mandela also expressed his deep appreciation of the service rendered to the country by outgoing President Thabo Mbeki.

Meanwhile President Motlanthe has assured the world football governing body, FIFA of the government’s ongoing backing of the Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup.

Mothlanthe and ANC President Jacob Zuma in a joint statement say they gave the assurance to FIFA president Sepp Blatter in a telephonic conversation yesterday.

Motlanthe gave his assurance that the deadlines set by FIFA will be met.

Blatter in turn reassured Motlanthe of FIFA’s hundred percent support and assistance in the preparation and its full confidence in South Africa’s organisational capabilities.

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