SA condemns attacks by armed militants in DRC capital

2013-12-31 13:18

The South African government condemns the rebel attacks in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), says the international relations department.

The government said today it rejected the use of force which threatened to destabilise the country and undermined peace efforts, spokesperson Clayson Monyela said in a statement.

Forty armed militants were killed by DRC security forces in the capital, Kinshasa, yesterday.

Agence France-Presse reported that armed youths, believed to be loyal to a pastor who challenged President Joseph Kabila in elections seven years ago, stormed state television station RTNC and took several reporters hostage.

Gunfire erupted at RTNC’s premises near parliament, the international airport and the main military base in Kinshasa, causing panic among residents.

Government spokesperson Lambert Mende told AFP that 16 attackers were killed at the RTNC premises.

Monyela said: “South Africa will continue to support the role of SADC [Southern African Development Community], AU [African Union] and the UN in supporting the government and the people of the DRC in their efforts to consolidate peace, security and stability throughout the country.”

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