SA calls for release of Egypt’s Morsi

2013-07-30 12:43

Johannesburg - The South African government called on Tuesday for the release of ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi.

"South Africa joins the call by the international community for the unconditional release of president Morsi and all other political prisoners held in detention since the unconstitutional change of government on 3 July," said international relations spokesperson Clayson Monyela.

"Furthermore, the government of South Africa also calls on all parties to refrain from acts of violence and retribution."

Monyela said government was concerned about the deaths of people in Egypt protesting against the unconstitutional removal of Morsi, who was the country's elected president.

"The South African government calls on all relevant parties to engage in an inclusive political process that would lead to constitutional normality."

Morsi was deposed on 3 July in a coup after massive protests against his rule, and has not been seen publicly since then.

His supporters have rallied for his reinstatement and marched from a sit-in in Cairo to several security headquarters on Monday, reported the French news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP).

It reported that European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton was to meet Morsi early on Tuesday.

According to AFP, the marches raised fears of fresh clashes, after 82 people, including a policeman, died in a pro-Morsi rally in Cairo on Saturday.

  • Rudolph Stoltz - 2013-07-30 13:03

    I wonder who called for that. I did not. Probably some or other muslim again in SA.

      Mohlomphehi Sompane - 2013-07-30 13:59

      the Guptas?

      Rezeq Naim - 2013-07-30 19:23

      So releasing an elected and kidnapped president contradicts to the liberal values in SA and it must have been done by a Muslim? Fascism cant get worse than this

  • Lavisto Dogman Mavisto - 2013-07-30 13:10

    SA please mind ur own business n morsi is being kept by his fellow egyptians for reasons known by them!

      Mohlomphehi Sompane - 2013-07-30 14:00

      there you have it. RSA has officially taken sides. when the egyptian army tells RSA to go F**k themselves, RSA will be forced to deploy soldiers and fight "for democracy" in egypt.

      Nditsheni Singo - 2013-11-13 08:40

      Lavisto mind your own business also. What caused you to comment is what caused South Africa to comment on Egypt. Stop to be nasty.

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-07-30 13:22

    Oh!please who cares about your silly call. Rather do something about the children here going to bed hungry tonight. Bunch of morons.

  • ThomasFreeman - 2013-07-30 13:52

    Proof that democracy does NOT work in Africa. Morsi was voted in by a majority. But the minority were persecuted by the majority and the army stepped in. Well done army.

      mahomed - 2013-07-30 13:56

      The army only stepped in to obey their masters - US/Israel !

      ThomasFreeman - 2013-07-30 14:13

      mahomed - Better to obey the US then Russia or China or Iran!

      Avremel Niselow - 2013-07-30 16:02

      Martin, it is remarkable how some people are so eager to show their own inability to take responsibility for their own issues.

  • Eterni80 - 2013-07-30 13:59

    Zuma and his cronies have a view on what's happening in Egypt, but not on the that rubbish Mugarbage in Zim ?

  • Nditsheni Singo - 2013-11-13 08:38

    I dont know what the Egyptians want. They elected and they are worried. Why didn't they wait for the next election time? That is not democracy. I also cant understand why the military decided to take over. The chief and his entourage will face it when Morsi comes back.

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