Media Statement

7 September 2017

President Zuma sends a message of condolences to the Republic of Niger.

On behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of condolences to the Government and people of the Republic of Niger, especially families and relatives of all the victims, following the torrential rains that killed many and forced thousands to leave their homes.

The heavy downpours that have occurred around the end of August 2017 have killed dozens and destroyed hundreds of houses mainly outside the capital, Niamey.  Flooding is a recurrent problem in Niger, but this year more than 40 people have lost their lives.

 “On behalf of the Government and people of South Africa, I wish to send my deepest condolences to the Government of the Republic of Niger, particularly the families and relatives affected by the tragedy and further wish the injured a speedy recovery”.

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