12 October 2023
President Ramaphosa extends his condolences and calls for the opening of humanitarian corridors in the Middle East
President Cyril Ramaphosa has extended his condolences to all victims of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
This follows an escalation of hostilities on Saturday, 7 October 2023 that has left more than a thousand people dead.
The President has also called for immediate and unconditional opening of humanitarian corridors.
“Our thoughts are with all the victims’ families and loved ones during this perilous period of fighting. We remain gravely concerned at the devastating escalation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the atrocities committed against civilian populations. We call for the immediate cessation of violence and the exercise of restraint. It is vital that all those who require urgent humanitarian assistance are provided with the basic life supporting necessities and that human suffering is ameliorated,” said President Ramaphosa.
The President further urged the international community to accelerate its support to an inclusive process towards a lasting and durable peace that produces a viable Palestinian State, existing in peace alongside Israel, within the 1967 internationally recognised borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.
“South Africa stands ready to work with the international community and to share our experience in mediation and conflict resolution as we have done on the continent and around the world,” concluded President Ramaphosa.
Media inquiries: Vincent Magwenya, Spokesperson to the President, email@example.com
Issued by: The Presidency