Press Release

03 September 2014

President Zuma conveys condolences following the passing of Australian High Commissioner

On behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of condolences to the Government and people of Australia, following the passing of the Australian High Commissioner to South Africa, His Excellency Graeme Wilson.

High Commissioner Wilson passed away yesterday, Tuesday, 02 September 2014, in Pretoria.

President Zuma said: "High Commissioner Wilson was a remarkable person, a true gentleman and Ambassador for his country. He left no stone unturned to strengthen relations between South Africa and Australia and will always be remembered for the passion he had for Africa and, in particular, South Africa, the country where he was the resident High Commissioner since January 2013. In this time of mourning, our thoughts are with the family of High Commissioner Wilson. We wish the family strength during this difficult time. He will be sorely missed.”

President Zuma added that: “The South African Government reaffirms its commitment to continue to strengthen its diplomatic relations and solidarity with the Government and the people of Australia.”

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