SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT PAYS TRIBUTE TO LATE GERMAN PRESIDENT HERZOG
South African President Jacob Zuma has conveyed condolences to the government and people of Germany following the death of former Federal President Roman Herzog.
The Presidency said in a statement here Wednesday that President Zuma conveyed the condolences on behalf of the South African government and citizens.
He recalled that former President Herzog, who died aged 82, was the first German President to be elected to office following Germany's re-unification, having previously distinguished himself as the President of Germany's Constitutional Court from 1987 until his historic election as President of Germany.
President Zuma noted that former President Herzog will also be remembered in South Africa for his support for the country's own transition after 1994, especially also during the highly successful State visit by former president Nelson Mandela to Germany in May 1996 and Herzog's return State visit to South Africa in March 1998.
He said the people of South Africa shared the loss of the German people and stood with them at this time of grief and mourning.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK