South Africa condemns Mali coup

2012-03-22 17:30

Johannesburg - South Africa on Thursday condemned the coup in Mali by renegade soldiers who stormed their way into the presidency as an unlawful bid for power.

"South Africa condemns any attempt to seize power through the use of force. We reiterate our conviction that no party should come to power through unlawful means," said a foreign ministry statement.

"It is our desire that the mutiny is addressed in a manner that does not jeopardise the overall security situation in Mali. This is particularly important in view of the security challenges in the north," it added.

Pretoria, which has closed its embassy in Bamako, expressed concern over northern Mali unrest by the secessionist National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad.

The mutinous soldiers, calling themselves the National Committee for the Establishment of Democracy, said they had acted due to government's "inability" to end the Tuareg-led insurrection in the north.

"We call on the rebel group [especially the MNLA] to immediately cease hostilities, and on government forces to maintain discipline and resolve their internal concerns in a peaceful manner and through internal procedures," said the South African statement.

"In particular, senior military officers and political leaders being held hostage should be released immediately as an indication that the mutineers have the best intentions for the country and the army."

  • Heiku - 2012-03-22 17:40

    "South Africa condemns any attempt to seize power through the use of force." - But that means the only way to do it is lawfully. Let's not forget who makes the laws. There is obviously incentive for those who create the law to sideline any opposition. Stupid statement by the ANC considering how they came to power.

      ntshangase.mtshokwe - 2012-03-22 18:53

      ANC led government is used fool people and they think they lead all African Countries. Same South African government led finished president voted for the killing of leader brother Gaddafi. Let people of Mali sort their problems and one day will take arms and fight for our land, Quality Education, Quality Health Care and time is soon. If the president of Mali is taking mandate from the mafias of Wall street must be exposed and be shamed.

  • mmoledis - 2012-03-24 14:44

    This was nearly to happen in South Africa, if the country under its political leadership side line other departments like defence force then such things would happen even in our country, I urge the South African government to look well after our soldiers before it is too late too for us, we do not want to experience what SA soldiers did last time and what is currently happening in Mali we are the Rainbow nation and peace lovers so let no one destroy that because of his or her greediness. I can be happy if I can see our soldiers been respected by our government and nation in large like in DRC,Burundi and other African countries.

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