Ramaphosa remembers last conversation with Geingob

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa and the late president Hage Geingob

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa said he spoke to late president Hage Geingob three days before his death, when he said he was feeling much better.

Geingob died on Sunday morning in a Windhoek hospital where he was treated for cancer. He was 82.

Speaking to the media at a voter registration drive in Mamelodi on Sunday, Ramaphosa said he was shocked by the death of Geingob, who he described as “a very close friend to me”.

“I spoke to him about three days ago and he told me that, yes, he is feeling much better. This came as a real surprise and shock,” he said.

Ramaphosa also expressed his condolences to the Namibian nation, calling Geingob a “strong, brave and iconic leader”.

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