Media Statement

11 September 2016

President Zuma sends condolences to the United Republic of Tanzania following a deadly earthquake

President Jacob Zuma, has today, Sunday, 11 September 2016, on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, extended the country’s deepest condolences to the United Republic of Tanzania following a 5.7 magnitude earthquake that struck northwest Tanzania, close to Lake Victoria and the borders of Uganda and Rwanda, resulting in the deaths and injuries of scores of people.

President Zuma said: “I wish to extend our condolences to H.E President John Magufuli, the Government and the people of Tanzania. The people of South Africa share the pain and loss of the loved ones, their homes and property, and our thoughts and prayers go out to all the affected families. We also wish the injured a speedy recovery.”

The South African government wishes the rescue and recovery teams every success in their efforts.

Enquiries: Clayson Monyela spokesperson for DIRCO on 082 884 5974

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