President Cyril Ramaphosa has extended good wishes to the Muslim community on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadaan.
"On behalf of all the people of South Africa, I wish our Muslim brethren well on this auspicious day of family, community and collegiality," President Ramaphosa said.
"To witness the great sacrifices made by Muslims during Ramadaan in line with their commitment to their faith is always deeply humbling," the President said.
President Ramaphosa once again thanked the Muslim community for its contribution to the national effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Beyond the already rigorous demands of fasting, Muslims in South Africa, like people of other faiths, have had to curtail aspects of their worship such as praying in congregation, appreciating this was for the common good," President Ramaphosa said.
The President urged the community and indeed all South Africans to remain vigilant and to continue to comply with the existing regulations in the interests of the health and safety of all.
President Ramaphosa said: "Sadly, for many Muslims around the world, this joyful day is marred by hardship, deprivation and violence. We express our collective abhorrence of the violence being perpetrated against the Palestinian people, and reaffirm our solidarity with their struggle for nationhood and self-determination."