Zuma sends condolences to Russia
Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has conveyed South Africa's condolences to Russia after a plane crash killed 44 people in that country.
The international relations department said on Thursday that Zuma sent the message to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
Zuma expressed "profound sadness" on learning of the crash, spokesperson Clayson Monyela said.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Russian people and, particularly, the families of the deceased during this difficult time of mourning and sadness," Zuma said.
On Wednesday, a Yak-42 jet crashed near the Volga River. Thirty-six members of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team were among those killed, the Associated Press reported.