President Cyril Ramaphosa has sent messages of condolence to Algeria and Western Sahara following a military plane crash near Algeria’s capital, Algiers, on Wednesday.
“On behalf of the government and the people of the Republic of South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa has conveyed messages of condolences to the governments and the people of Algeria and the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, and particularly to the families, friends and colleagues of all the victims of the military plane that crashed,” said the Presidency.
According to reports, at least 257 people died in the crash, including 26 members of Western Sahara’s Polisario Front. The Algerian government has since declared three days of national mourning.
“Many people in Algeria and Western Sahara are grieving the loss of their loved ones. The people of South Africa share their pain and loss and extend their most sincere condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in this tragic accident,” said President Ramaphosa.