President Zuma pays tribute to Herzog

President Jacob Zuma has conveyed condolences to the government and the people of Germany following the passing on of former Federal President Roman Herzog.

The Presidency on Wednesday said 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 into office following Germany’s reunification, 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 President Herzog’s return State Visit to South Africa in March 1998.

He said the people of South Africa share the loss of the German people and stand with them in this time of grief and mourning.

Source: South African Government News Agency

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