President Ramaphosa condemns the violence that led to the death of the President of Chad

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has received with sadness the disturbing news of the death of  President of the Republic of Chad, Marshal Idriss Deby.

Deby passed away on Tuesday, 20 April 2021, following injuries he sustained while leading his military forces to repel a rebel attack. Deby was 68 years of age and he ruled Chad for more than 30 years. It is reported that his son, Mahamat Kaka, was named interim president.

President Ramaphosa , on behalf of the government and people of South Africa, extended his deepest condolences to the fallen President’s family as well as the government and people of Chad.

He expressed the concern of the South African government at developments in the Republic of Chad involving armed groups.“We condemn in the strongest terms the violence that has claimed so many lives, including that of President Déby.  We call for calm and a cessation of fighting.”

President Ramaphosa says an immediate cessation of violence is necessary to bring peace and stability to the Republic of Chad as part of ending the conflict on the continent.

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