SA sends condolences to S. Korea

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has extended condolences to the government and the people of the Republic of Korea following the death of former President Kim Young-sam.

Kim served as South Korea’s President from 1993 to 1998, ending more than three decades of military rule. He passed away on Sunday aged 88.

“South Africa wishes to convey its sincere condolences not only to the family of Mr Kim but also to the whole of South Korea for the loss of this icon of democracy. May his soul rest in peace,” said President Zuma on Tuesday.

Kim was regarded as a moderate leader and an advocate for democracy, who rose in politics through the National Assembly from the 1950s to the 1970s. 

As an iconic figure of South Korea's pro-democracy movement, he fought against military dictatorship for decades and laid the foundation for democratic peaceful transition of power. -