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Ramaphosa at Zulu king memorial: ‘Our nation is in mourning’

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa expresses his condolences to the Zulu nation for the passing of King Goodwill Zwelithini, the late leader of South Africa's largest ethnic group, saying: "It is a difficult day because a huge tree has fallen. ... Our nation is indeed in mourning."

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