The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says it received the news of former Cuban President Fidel Castro’s death with deep shock.
The red block added that it weeps for the death of the iconic leader to a great extent because Castro was a source of inspiration to the three-year-old party.
Speaking in a condolence message, the Malema-led party described the death of the former Cuban leader as painful. The party said that Commandant Fidel Castro’s 90 years of existence touched the lives of many in the world; particularly socialist militants who are still fighting capitalism and imperialism.
The party said:
“The EFF mourns the passing of the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Commandant Fidel Castro; who passed away at the age of 90 today. His passing… brings hope in the fact that a life of revolutionary conviction and commitment to human freedom is possible.
We send our revolutionary condolences to the family and close friends as well as the people of Cuba as a whole. In his honour, we say long live the Cuban Revolution – “Hasta la Victoria Siempre”. May the spirit of Commandant Fidel Castro Ruz rest in perfect revolutionary peace.”
The opposition party also exhumed Castro’s May Day address in 2000 when he told the Cubans that:
“Revolution means to have a sense of history; it is changing everything that must be changed; it is full equality and freedom; it is being treated and treating others like human beings; it is achieving emancipation by ourselves and through our own efforts…
Revolution means unity; it is independence, it is fighting for our dreams of justice for Cuba and for the world, which is the foundation of our patriotism, our socialism, and our internationalism.”
Cuba’s former iconic president and leader of the Communist revolution, Fidel Casto, is dead. He passed away on Friday in Havana at the age of 90.
His death was confirmed and subsequently announced in an unexpected late night broadcast on state television by his brother President Raul Castro. The country has decreed nine days of mourning for Castro.
World leaders have continued to pay tribute to the fallen hero. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi described Castro’s death as shocking.
According to Modi, Castro is “one of the most iconic personalities of the 20th century” adding his death is a big loss to India. In his condolence message, Mexican President, Enrique Pena Nieto remarked that Castro was a “great friend” of Mexico.
Russian President Vladimir Putin praised Fidel Castro, the socialist Cuban icon as the “symbol of an era.”
President Jacob Zuma said the former president played important roles towards “our struggle against apartheid. He inspired the Cuban people to join us in our own struggle against apartheid.”
As a way of keeping the memories of the hero alive, Zuma called for continuous peace between Cuba and South Africa.