South Africa: Ramaphosa declares national period of mourning for flood victims

News Reporter

PRETORIA – South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has instructed that the National Flag should fly at half-mast at every station in the country from May 1-7, as a mark of respect and in observance of seven days of national mourning for the more than 85 people who lost their lives due to floods that ravaged the country during the past week.

President Ramaphosa visited flood-stricken communities and assured residents that all spheres of government will assist communities in rescue and recovery efforts. The President also welcomed the wealth of material and social support extended to affected communities by various sectors of society.

“The President has expressed the profound appreciation of the government and people of South Africa for the messages of support received from governments around the world in relation to the recent floods,” read a statement released by the Presidency Tuesday.

“President Ramaphosa equally appreciates the international messages of congratulation extended to South Africa in recognition of our celebration of 25 years of freedom and democracy.”

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