Media Statement

20 January 2021

Minister Naledi Pandor conveys condolences on the passing away of His Excellency, Dr General (Rt) Sibusiso Moyo, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Republic of Zimbabwe

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, Dr Naledi Pandor, has learnt today with shock of the passing away of her colleague, Dr General (Rt) Sibusiso Busi Moyo, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Republic of Zimbabwe.

Minister Pandor said: “On behalf of President Ramaphosa, the Government of the Republic of South Africa and its people, I wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to the Government and the people of the Republic of Zimbabwe.”

The passing of Minister Moyo comes at a time when our two countries had agreed on a list of priority issues to be addressed following the previous Binational Commission chaired by the respective Presidents of South Africa and Zimbabwe in March 2019 in Harare.

Dr Moyo is lauded for his dedication and commitment to strengthening the deep bilateral relations between South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Since his appointment in 2017 as Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Minister Moyo has displayed true pan-Africanism in the way he led on several important issues affecting our bilateral relations and the SADC region during the time Zimbabwe was the chair of the SADC Organ for Politics, Defence and Security in 2020.

His pan-Africanist views and arguments will always be missed in the multilateral governance organisations of our Continent Africa.

May his soul rest in peace.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, 082 884 5974

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