(File image) South African President Jacob Zuma. Photo: Jacques Naude

Johannesburg - South African President Jacob Zuma sent his condolences to the government and people of Ghana on Wednesday after the death of President John Atta Mills.

“Our hearts and prayers are with the family of President Atta Mills,” Zuma said in a statement.

“South Africa and Ghana enjoy strong relations at both the bilateral and multilateral levels, and under President Mills' leadership, we saw genuine efforts aimed at deepening the historical relations between our two nations.”

The Associated Press reported that 68-year-old Mills died suddenly on Tuesday after months of speculation over his health.

Ghana’s government officials did not immediately announce the cause of death. - Sapa