Kenneth Kaunda district in SA still mourning Betty

The Dr Kenneth Kaunda district municipality has for the past two weeks flown its flag at half-mast following the death of former Zambian first lady Mama Betty Kaunda, 84.

The district, named after former Zambian President Dr Kenneth Kaunda, described the death of Mama Kaunda, as she was affectionately known, as a “great loss to humanity”.

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Accordinng to Wikipedia, Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality (formerly Southern District Municipality) is one of the 4 districts of North West province of South Africa. The seat of Kaunda District is Klerksdorp. The majority of its 599 674 people speak Setswana (2001 Census). The district was formerly known as the Southern District Municipality. It is named after Kenneth Kaunda, the first President of Zambia.

District mayor Boitumelo Moloi said flags at all municipal institutions were lowered to mourn with the Zambian and African community. “The Kaunda family lost the glue that held the family together during the 66 years of her marriage to former president Kaunda. She was called ‘mother of the nation’ because of her selfless contribution during the liberation struggle,” she said. Moloi added that the district drew inspiration from the Kaundas and the death left a void that would be difficult to fill.

“Our district pays homage to this distinguished servant whose selfless dedication to humanity would be solely missed. We were further saddened by the hospitalisation of Dr Kenneth Kaunda in Lusaka that postponed the burial of his wife to this weekend.

“However, we are pleased that he has stabilised and has been discharged. We call on all Zambian people to unite as they bury their esteemed mother with dignity,” Moloi said.

Kaunda died in her sleep in Harare, Zimbabwe, on September 19. She was visiting her daughter.

Dr Kaunda learnt of the news while in South Africa where he was visiting. Kaunda was buried at the family farmhouse in Lusaka’s New Kasama area on Saturday, at a ceremony witnessed by hundreds of mourners from all walks of life.

She was given a state funeral. She and her husband occupied the State House for 27 years and the simplicity of her life endeared her to many.

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