13 October 2016
President Zuma sends condolences to the people of Thailand on the passing His Majesty the King of Bhumibol Adulyadej
President Zuma, has today, Thursday 10 October 2016, on behalf of the South African Government and the people of South Africa, extended the country’s deepest condolences to the people of the Kingdom of Thailand following the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
King Bhumibol Adulyadej who was born on 5th December 1927, in Massachusetts in the United States, was the youngest son of His Royal Highness, Prince Mahidol Adulyadej, and Prince of Songkla. His Majesty the King ascended the throne on 9 June 1946 at the age of 18.
The King’s passing at the age of 88, has ended his seven decades on the throne during which he became a unifying father figure and rare source of stability in a country that has weathered more than a dozen coups since he came to power in 1946. In all the 70 years as King of Thailand, His Majesty King Bhumibol worked to serve his people, and was regarded as close to divine by the Thais.
The South African Government extends its most sincere condolences to the Government and People of the Kingdom of Thailand in this moment of sadness and grief.
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