Zuma sends condolences to US over Orlando shootings

13 June 2016 - 16:08 By TMG Digital

President Jacob Zuma has sent a message of condolence to the US after the mass shooting that claimed 50 lives at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. “The South African Government has noted the comments by President Obama following the shooting‚ describing the incident as an ‘act of terror.’The attack‚ which was targeted at the Lesbian‚ Gay‚ Bisexual‚ Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community‚ shows extreme levels of intolerance‚” said a statement from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation on Monday.“South Africa fully recognises the rights of the LGBTI community and condemns in the strongest possible terms any violent attack targeted at the community.”President Zuma said: "The South African Government and people stand with the people of the United States‚ particularly the families of those that have lost their lives‚ during this difficult time. We wish all the injured speedy recoveries. We strongly condemn all forms of terrorism‚ particularly this incident which has claimed so many innocent lives."Nations of the world had to work together against the scourge of terrorism and violent extremism‚ said the department.

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