Media Statement

05 June 2015

President Zuma sends condolences to the Republic of Ghana

On behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of condolences to the Government and people of the Republic of Ghana following an explosion at a petrol station in Ghana's capital, Accra, that has killed at least 150 people who had been sheltering from torrential rain on Wednesday, 03 June 2015.

"Our thoughts are with the people of Ghana in the aftermath of the catastrophic explosion and the torrential rain that overwhelmed and devastated the people of Ghana. On behalf of the Government and people of South Africa, I send my deepest condolences to the Government of Ghana and to everyone affected, particularly to the families and friends of those killed and injured in the unprecedented explosion in the petrol station," said President Zuma.

The South African High Commission in Accra, Ghana, is in contact with authorities in Ghana and is on standby to assist if there are any South African nationals identified in this horrific incident.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, 082 884 5974

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