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 The widow of Mozambique’s first president Samora Machel has said it was the responsibility of the Maputo and South African governments to establish the cause of her husband’s death 30 years ago.

‘It is the responsibility of both governments of Mozambique, first of all, because he was its president and of South Africa because the plane crashed in this country,’ Lusa, the Portuguese news agency quoted Ms Graça Machel as saying Tuesday.

Human error

Ms Machel was addressing journalists at Mbuzini in South Africa’s Mpumalanga Province, near the borders with Mozambique and Swaziland, at a ceremony marking 30 years since Mr Machel died.

Mr Machel died in a plane crash at Mbuzini on October 19, 1986, while travelling from Zambia.

Ms Machel, who married South African President Nelson Mandela in 1998, has ruled out human error as the cause of the plane crash.


‘Even if there had been mistakes, those could not cause the plane crash. I conclude the investigations were inconclusive,’ she said, adding that the family was still waiting for the outcome,

‘The statesman was a victim of assassination, » Mozambican Prime Minster Carlos Agostinho do Rosário, was quoted as saying.

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