Top CCC official, David Coltart, who was the Minister of Education from 2009 to 2013, said that it is regrettable that Zimbabwe did not benefit from the leadership of Queen Elizabeth II over the past two decades following its withdrawal from the Commonwealth.
Queen Elizabeth II, the United Kingdom’s longest-serving monarch, died on Thursday afternoon at Balmoral in Scotland aged 96, after reigning for 70 years.
In his condolence message to the British Royal Family, Coltart said he will miss the Queen’s Christmas messages and other communications which he said were a source of stability and hope. He wrote:
Please accept my sincere condolences following the passing away of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
My deepest sympathy is extended to the Royal Family, the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.
My prayers and thoughts are with you all. I am sure democrats across Zimbabwe will join me in saying how much we treasured her principled leadership of the Commonwealth over so many decades.
It is a matter of deep regret that Zimbabwe did not benefit from her Leadership these past two decades. Personally, she was profoundly inspirational. figure in my Life.
She always handled her massive responsibilities with such grace, decency and dignity.
I will miss her Christmas messages and other communications which were such a source of stability and hope.
May the good Lord rest her soul in peace.
In response, one Innocent Chibaya wrote: “Senator don’t say on behalf of Democrats in Zimbabwe, say on behalf of your family leave us Zimbabweans from this.”
Meanwhile, South Africa’s second-largest opposition political party, EFF led by Julius Malema, says it will not mourn the death of the Queen as she never apologised for the plunder of African resources and the brutal killings of millions of African people by the British during the colonial era.
In a statement issued by National Spokesperson, Sinawo Thambo on Thursday, the party said that if indeed there is life after death, Elizabeth and her ancestors should be punished for their alleged crimes.