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Congratulatory message to the President of South Africa

01 January 1970

Letter to H.E. President Thabo Mbeki, South Africa, 27 April, 2004


Your Excellency,

On behalf of the World Council of Churches and on my own behalf I congratulate
you on your inauguration for a second five-year term. I salute you and the
people of South Africa on this historic day. The election of the African National
Congress for the third time in a land-slide victory signifies the confidence the
electorate has in your insightful leadership.

The celebration of ten years of South African democracy is a joy and pride not
just for South Africa but also for Africa as a whole. We deeply appreciate your
significant role in seeking solutions to many of Africa's political crises. You have
been instrumental in the transformation of the OAU to the AU and the formation
of NEPAD. Your global advocacy on behalf of Africa is yet another example
of your leadership and calling beyond South Africa.

As you move forward into the 21st century and begin the second decade of
democracy in your beloved country, there will be even more challenges both at
the national, continental and global levels. Our confidence is that a tested leader
like you will be crowned with other successes. The ecumenical family will continue
to uphold you in prayer as you start your second term of leadership. May
God grant you good health as you continue to serve South Africa and humanity.

With best wishes for God's rich blessings on you, on South Africa and on Africa,

Yours sincerely,

Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia
General Secretary

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