Ramaphosa to Namibia to offer condolences


Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa will undertake an official visit to Namibia on Saturday where he will express his condolences after the death of the Namibian president, Hage Geingob.

Geingob, a veteran of the country’s freedom struggle, died on Sunday at the age of 82. He revealed last month that he was undergoing treatment for cancer. The former deputy president, Nangolo Mbumba, was sworn in as president a day later, as was the new deputy president, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.

They will serve in these positions until presidential and national elections can be held by the end of the year.

Ramaphosa renewed his condolences on behalf of the South African government and the country’s citizens with Geingob’s widow, Monica Geingos, and the Namibian nation.

“Pres. Ramaphosa and Pres. Geingob had a close relationship that strengthened ties between our two countries,” the presidency said in a statement.

Ramaphosa received Geingob on a state visit to South Africa in April last year, while Ramaphosa undertook a state visit to Namibia in October.

Geingob will be laid to rest on February 24.