Minister Dlamini Zuma Extends South Africa's Condolences on
the Death of British MP Robin Cook
Tshwane - Minister of Foreign Affairs,
Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma today, Sunday 7 August 2005 conveyed South Africa's
sincere condolences following the untimely death of British MP and former Foreign
Secretary Robin Cook.
"The Government and people of South Africa were
saddened and shocked to learn of the untimely death of that stalwart of British
politics Robin Cook.
"We were privileged and honoured to share many trenches
with Robin Cook particularly during the struggle to rid our country of the scourge
of racism and apartheid.
"It is in no small measure, that the dawn
of peace, democracy and justice in SA is in part a consequence of the selfless
sacrifices that people like Robin Cook made.
"With a new democracy
in place in South Africa, Robin Cook played a major role in strengthening and
consolidating bilateral political and economic relations between South Africa
and Great Britain as well as a pioneering role in developing solidarity between
Africa and the G8. "With the passing away of Robin Cook the people of SA
have indeed lost a dear friend and a hero.
"On behalf of President
Thabo Mbeki we join the entire membership and leadership of the British Labour
Party, the government and people of Great Britain and in particular his widow,
children, family and friends in lowering our banners in respect and solemn memory
of that finest son of the people of Great Britain, Robin Cook", concluded
Dr Dlamini Zuma.
Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa at 082 990 4853
of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag X152