Statement by Acting President, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, on the
Impact of the London Bombings
I have received with shock information on
the impact of the terrorist bomb attacks in London this morning. On behalf of
the South African government and all our people, I wish to extend my condolences
to the families of those who have lost their loved ones, and to wish those who
have been injured a speedy recovery.
The South African government and the
people of our country condemn this dastardly act, and we wish on this occasion
to reiterate our principled rejection of terrorism - the deliberate targeting
of civilians in acts of violence - in pursuit of political or any other ends.
extend our solidarity with the people of London and the rest of the UK in this
their hour of grief, and reiterate our resolve to work with the international
community to eradicate this scourge. We are convinced that what is required in
the world today is for peoples of the world to join hands in dealing with terrorism
as well as challenges of poverty and underdevelopment.
We are encouraged
that all these and other issues will feature prominently on the agenda of the
G8 Summit, as reflected in the statement issued by our President and other leaders
at the Gleneagles Summit this morning.
Relevant departments in our government
are working with their counterparts in the UK to establish whether any South Africans
in London have been affected by this morning's events.
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Issued by: Government Communications
and Information Services on behalf of The Presidency
7 July 2005