15 November 2020
Staff Reporter/ PretoriaLIVE
PRETORIA – The African National Congress (ANC) mourns the passing of Jerry John Rawlings, former President of Ghana, who died on Thursday, after a short illness.
ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe said, “His death is a huge loss to the people of Ghana and the African continent.”
Rawlings led Ghana from 1981 to 2001 and also for a brief period in 1979. He served two terms as the democratically elected President of Ghana.
Mabe said Rawlings will be remembered for overseeing the transition from military dictatorship to multiparty democracy.
Today Ghana is one of Africa’s most stable and successful democracies, thanks in part to his determined efforts.
After retirement, Rawlings continued to serve Africa. He campaigned tirelessly for the international debts of African nations to be written off. This year, he was named the African Union envoy to war-torn Somalia in 2020.
The ANC conveys its heartfelt condolences to the Rawlings family, the people and government of Ghana, and the entire continent of Africa.
“We hope they will find comfort in the knowledge that the whole continent is with them during this difficult time. We wish them strength during their moment of grief” said Mabe