ANC condemns 'dastardly' Boston blasts

2013-04-16 13:30
Boston police officers stand near the cordoned-off scene of a twin bombing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, which left at least three people dead and 140 injured. (Spencer Platt, AFP)

Boston police officers stand near the cordoned-off scene of a twin bombing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, which left at least three people dead and 140 injured. (Spencer Platt, AFP)

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Johannesburg - South African political parties and unions have voiced their disgust at those responsible for the two bombs in Boston that claimed the lives of three people and injured more than 100.

"There can be no justification for such a despicable attack," said African National Congress spokesperson Jackson Mthembu on Tuesday, adding that it deserved world condemnation.

"The ANC condemns the senseless and dastardly act of terrorism that happened in Boston". The department of international relations confirmed that two South Africans were among the injured, and said consulate officials based in New York were dispatched to the scene to help people on the ground and monitor the situation.

"We welcome the speedy response of the... department of international relations... in supporting the two South Africans who were injured in the blast," said Mthembu.

He called on the United States government to do everything in its power to track down those responsible.

"We also call on the world community under the auspices of the United Nations to join hands in the fight against terrorism," he said.

"The ANC remains committed to resolving any differences through peaceful negotiations and not war. It is in this context that we condemn the Boston blasts."

'Deplorable act'

The ANC, the Democratic Alliance, the Congress of SA Trade Unions, and the Inkatha Freedom Party sent condolences to the families of the deceased, and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

DA spokesperson Mmusi Maimane said the bombing was a "deplorable act".

"The injured South Africans, their friends, and their family are in our thoughts and prayers this morning," he said.

"We wish them a speedy recovery and a safe return home."

Maimane also commended the move by Dirco to send consular officials to the scene to assist South Africans and others.

Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven also sympathised with the families of those killed and said the union was "absolutely outraged" by the incident.

"That such an act could have been committed against people engaged in a peaceful sporting event," he said, urging western authorities to find and arrest the perpetrators.

IFP MP Ben Skosana asked: "What kind of evil seeks out the indiscriminate killing and maiming of innocent civilians?"

He said people participating in the annual marathon "suddenly found themselves in the middle of a war zone".

"Our hearts go out to the victims and families of victims of this terror attack."

He appealed to the Dirco to ensure the two injured South Africans received the best possible medical care.

Blame

Clifford Cobers, an administrator for the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, said it had received no information on South African runners.

"We haven't heard anything about that. We've had no correspondence whatsoever from Boston," Cobers said.

All of South Africa's participants, including Rene Kalmer and wheelchair racer Ernst van Dyk, were competing as individuals for their respective clubs, and not under the Athletics SA banner.

Meanwhile, Media Review Network cautioned media in the United States against speculation on who was behind the attack.

MRN executive Iqbal Jassat urged reporters to cover the bombings responsibly and not to resort to "blame-games" which sought to pin the crime on Muslims.

 

 

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