In a statement released by South Africa’s department of International Relations and Cooperation, Zuma said “our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Zimbabwe during this difficult time.”
“It is with great shock and sadness that we learnt of the demise of Rtd General Solomon Mujuru on 16 August 2011,” Zuma said.
“On behalf of the Government and people of South Africa, we would like to take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt condolences and sincere sympathies to the Mujuru family, the Government and people of Zimbabwe as they try to come to terms with the loss of this great son of Zimbabwe.”
Mujuru died in a suspicious fire at his Beatrice farm on Tuesday morning and is expected to be buried at the national shrine on Saturday. The late Mujuru’s wife Joice, who is the Vice President, is currently acting president while President Robert Mugabe attends SADC.