SA sends condolences after Pittsburgh synagogue tragedy

Sunday, October 28, 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa has on behalf of government and the people of South Africa conveyed condolences to the United States of America (USA) following the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.

The shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Saturday left 11 people dead and scores injured.

“The South African government has noted the comments by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence following the shooting, describing the incident as a horrific, anti-semitic attack,” President Ramaphosa said.

He said the attack, which was targeted at the Jewish community, shows extreme levels of intolerance.

“South Africa condemns in the strongest possible terms the violent attack targeted at the community,” the President said.

In his address to the Gardens synagogue in Cape Town last month, President Ramaphosa stated that: "We must excise from our society any manifestations of anti-semitism. We must respond to anti-semitism with the same resolve as we respond to any act or statement that seeks to demean any faith, race, gender or ethnic group."

He conveyed condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones and wished all the injured a speedy recovery. –