Media Statement

15 March 2016

South Africa extends condolences following the bomb explosion in Ankara, Turkey

On behalf of the Government and the people of Republic of South Africa, His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has extended his heartfelt condolences to the Government and the people of the Republic of Turkey, in particular the families of the deceased, following the bomb explosion that took place on 13 March 2015 in Ankara. The explosions claimed the lives of 37 people.

President Zuma said: “South Africa shares in the grief of the Turkish people following the substantial loss of life and wishes the injured survivors a speedy recovery. Terrorism in any form and from whichever quarter cannot be condoned. There is no doubt that the loss of life in Turkey during the past six months is aimed at undermining any efforts to resolve conflict by peaceful means. In this regard, the South African Government calls upon the Turkish Government to persevere in the pursuit of peace and stability.”

“South Africa stands firmly with the international community in condemning all forms of terrorism and stands in solidarity with the Government of the Republic of Turkey as it mourns the death of its citizens,” said the President.

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