Geingob congratulates Ramaphosa

16 Feb 2018 09:30am
REHOBOTH, 16 FEB (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob on Thursday congratulated Cyril Ramaphosa on his uncontested election by parliament as President of the Republic of South Africa.
In a statement availed to Nampa on Friday, Geingob said Ramaphosa’s election as President is not only an endorsement of his credentials as a leader of the ruling African National Congress, but also an endorsement of his credentials as a tested cadre of the struggle and a shrewd negotiator.
“These are the qualities that have convinced the parliament to elect you, on behalf of the people of South Africa. We are therefore certain that under your capable leadership, we will continue the excellent relationship that exists between the ANC and SWAPO, as well as between South Africa and Namibia,” Geingob said.
Ramaphosa was elected as the fifth president of post-apartheid South Africa following the resignation of former President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday evening.
Geingob also paid tribute to Zuma for the leadership he has displayed during his tenure as President of South Africa.
“His impeccable work within Southern Africa Development Community and the Africa Union as well as his commitment to advancing Africa’s developmental agenda within the framework of BRICS, are some of the many laudable achievements which have cemented his legacy. Namibia wishes Comrade Zuma a happy and peaceful retirement,” Geingob added.
The Namibian President, while wishing Ramaphosa good health and strength as he assumes the demanding responsibility, said there is no doubt that Namibia will be able to build upon the already existing fraternal relations between the two countries.