Hon SMA Masango

Condolence motion on the passing on of Vietnam's former Prime Minister

The African National Congress moves without notice: That the House

1) notes with great sadness the passing on of former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai. of Vietnam, on Wednesday, 21 March 2018;
2) recognises that the late former Prime Minister contributed greatly to the building and development of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam;
3) further recognises that he also played a crucial role in promoting bilateral relations between South Africa and Vietnam;
4) recalls that during his official visit to South Africa in 2004, former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai met his counterpart, then President Thabo Mbeki, and the two leaders officially established the South Africa-Vietnam Inter-Governmental Partnership Forum for Economic, Trade, Scientific, Technical and Cultural Co-operation;
5) believes that former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai has left an indelible footprint which can never be erased, a source of wisdom that benefited South Africans and Vietnam; and
6) conveys its condolences to the government and people of Vietnam.