18 March 2021
Pretoria – President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his deep sadness at the passing of His Excellency President John Pombe Magufuli of the United Republic of Tanzania, the Presidency Of the Republic Of South Africa said in a statement on Thursday.
President Magufuli passed away yesterday, Wednesday 17 March 2021, in a Dar es Salaam hospital at the age of 61.
“South Africa is united in grief with the government and people of Tanzania as they go through this difficult moment,” President Ramaphosa said.
President Magufuli served as the fifth President of Tanzania and chaired the Southern African Development Community until August 2020.
President Ramaphosa expressed his condolences in a phone call to Tanzanian Vice-President Her Excellency Samia Suluhu Hassan in his personal capacity and on behalf of all South Africans.