Zuma condemns Burundi violence
Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma on Friday condemned the mass shooting of 40 people in the post civil war country of Burundi.
International media have reported that attackers raided a bar in the Gatumba area, just west of the capital Bujumbura in a stronghold of the former National Liberation Forces (FNL) rebels, whose leader Agathon Rwasa has been blamed for a recent spate of attacks.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Burundian people, particularly the families of the deceased and the injured, during this difficult time of mourning and sadness," Zuma said in a statement issued by the international relations and co-operations department.
It was reported that an unknown number of attackers, some from the Democratic Republic of Congo, stormed a bar in Gatumba last Sunday.
Forty people were killed and a number of others were injured.
The killers were reportedly former FNL rebels based in the DRC.
During his recent state visit to Burundi, Zuma had commended the political leadership and the people of Burundi for their commitment towards peace and prosperity, after civil war broke out in 1993 and a ceasefire was declared in 2005.
"We remain confident that the peace process in Burundi is intact and that the work of extremist elements should not derail the great African success story that is post-conflict Burundi," said Zuma on Friday.