SA travel advisory for Egypt

2013-07-04 08:55
A traditional felucca sailing boat carries a cargo of hay as it transits the Nile river passing the Pyramids of Giza in Cairo, Egypt. (Amr Nabil,AP/File)

A traditional felucca sailing boat carries a cargo of hay as it transits the Nile river passing the Pyramids of Giza in Cairo, Egypt. (Amr Nabil,AP/File)

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Johannesburg - South African citizens living or travelling to Egypt should take precautionary safety measures, the international relations and co-operation (Dirco) department said on Wednesday.

"The South African embassy in Egypt remains open and is available at all times to assist South African citizens, should circumstances require," spokesperson Clayson Monyela said in a statement.

South African citizens were encouraged to register online with Registration of South African citizens Abroad (Rosa) in case of emergencies.

"The stability and peace in Egypt remains vital for the progress of democracy in the region and the ultimate well being of all the Egyptians," Monyela said.

Earlier, the German news agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) reported that the head of Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court would act as president with a national unity government pending early elections.

Sixteen people died and more than 200 were injured in clashes between his opponents and supporters in Cairo overnight.

Dpa reported that opposition groups accused Morsi of focusing on cementing the Brotherhood's grip on power, and of failing to improve economic and social conditions more than two years after the revolution which forced Hosny Mubarak to step down.

His supporters claimed he had inherited many problems from a corrupt regime, and that he should be allowed to complete his term, which runs until 2016.

- SAPA
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