‘We are going to come after you’: Ramaphosa warns jihadists in Mozambique at Samora Machel memorial

Cyril Ramaphosa (right) and Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi at the 35th commemoration of former Mozambican President Samora Machel's death.

Cyril Ramaphosa (proper) and Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on the thirty fifth commemoration of former Mozambican President Samora Machel’s demise.

  • President Cyril Ramaphosa has warned insurgents in Mozambique that southern African nations will come after them.
  • Ramaphosa was talking at a memorial of Mozambique’s first president, Samora Machel.
  • Mozambique has been troubled by insurgents since July.

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday marked the 35th anniversary of the demise of Mozambique’s first president Samora Machel, vowing to go after Islamist insurgents wreaking havoc within the north of the nation.

Ramaphosa and Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi led a memorial occasion on the sight of the airplane crash that killed Machel whereas flying residence from a convention in Zambia.

On October 19, 1986, a Tupolev airplane carrying Machel crashed into mountains in South Africa close to the border with Mozambique, killing 35 individuals.

Ramaphosa paid tribute to Machel for his contribution to the struggle towards colonial and apartheid rule in southern Africa, urging the area to “proceed with the battle” for freedoms.

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“It is because of this that the peoples of southern Africa… have all determined, collectively, to behave in solidarity to assist the individuals of Mozambique to push out and to struggle the insurgents who’re spreading battle, insecurity and violence.”

“I’ve one message for these insurgents. We are going to come after you,” warned Ramaphosa.

“We are going to ensure that Mozambique turns into a rustic the place you’ll not unfold violence,” he stated.

The 16-nation SADC bloc has deployed troops in northern Mozambique since July.

The battle has since 2017 killed greater than 3 300 individuals and displaced round 800,000 others.

Machel’s crash stays a thriller, however hypothesis has lingered that it was linked to tensions between Mozambique and the then-apartheid regime in South Africa.

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