Media Statement

08 November 2018

President Ramaphosa sends condolences to the people of Zimbabwe following bus crash

President Cyril Ramaphosa has learned with great sadness of the horrific accident which has claimed 47 lives in Zimbabwe.

“On behalf of the people of South Africa, we send our deepest condolences to the Zimbabwean Government particularly the families who lost their loved ones. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and we wish you strength during this time of grief”, said President Ramaphosa.

President added: “We appeal to all travelling between South Africa and Zimbabwe or our neighbouring countries to always exercise caution. Road carnages rob us of our breadwinners and delay our family developments”.

South Africa and Zimbabwe have a common and long history of regional affiliation and cultural ties. In 1994, the bilateral relations between South Africa and Zimbabwe were normalised, with the establishment of full diplomatic relations with effect from 29 April 1994. The normalisation of relations was illustrated by numerous visits back and forth by the Presidents and Ministers of the two countries.

Media enquiries: Khusela Diko, Spokesperson – 072 854 5707

Issued by the Presidency



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