President Zuma mourns five soldiers killed in a helicopter crash

31 March 2013

Photo of: President Jacob Zuma
President Jacob Zuma, the Commander-in -Chief of the armed forces, has today expressed his sincere condolences to the families of the five South African National Defence (SANDF) soldiers who sadly died in a helicopter crash at the Kruger National Park last night.

The SANDF helicopter had been on a scheduled aerial patrol of the park as part of Operation Rhino.  
The tragedy occurred just as the nation is mourning the 13 soldiers who fell in Bangui, in the Central African Republic.

"We certainly hope that investigations will shed light on the circumstances of the crash but the whole country is saddened by the loss of our National Servicemen on duty," said President Zuma.

"On behalf of government and the entire nation, we wish to express our sincere condolences to the families of these five soldiers and may their souls rest in peace," said the President.

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Issued by: The Presidency

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