SA condemns Syria massacre

2012-05-30 14:00

Pretoria - The South African government on Wednesday condemned the "brutal attacks" in the Syrian village of Houla in the past week, in which more than 100 people were killed.

Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim said the attacks were repugnant and called for those responsible to be held accountable.

"We find the use of violence in Syria repugnant and appeal to all parties to the conflict to immediately cease the violence in all manner and forms," he said.

South Africa had consistently expressed its deep concern about the deteriorating political, security, socio-economic and humanitarian situation in Syria.

Ebrahim said South Africa supported an "immediate and thorough investigation" of the events around the carnage with the involvement of the United Nations' Supervision Mission in Syria.

Peace plan

He urged all parties to the conflict to support and ensure the implementation of a peace plan presented by former UN secretary general Kofi Annan, the UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria.

"The Annan Plan offers hope and an opportunity for settlement of the conflict through diplomacy and dialogue that allows for the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people to be responded to," he said.

On Sunday, the UN Security Council unanimously condemned the Syrian government for the attack on the town, situated near Homs.

More than 108 people, including many women and children were reportedly killed in the attacks
Several countries including the US and Germany have reportedly expelled Syrian diplomats in response to the announcement of the Houla slaughter.

  • Koos - 2012-05-30 14:14

    ... and how many people gets murdered and raped in this country per day? ... and we have no wars here! Hypocrites!

      Squeegee - 2012-05-30 16:01

      For once the ANC has made a good decision. Now expel their ambassador.

      Mark - 2012-05-30 17:20

      Wow! They actually condemned the right people this time... but probably for the wrong reasons if one were to dig a little deeper.

  • Matthew - 2012-05-30 14:16

    So our government has time to worry/focus on issues of international level, but when it comes to our countries issues,we're all too busy screaming and shouting about a stupid painting.South Africa's priorities and direction of handling them,is by far,scarier than it ever has been =/

  • Henry - 2012-05-30 14:19

    About time our bunch of clowns condemned this atrocity. Perhaps we should also chuck out our Syrian diplomats if we have any

  • Louis - 2012-05-30 14:24

    How about condemning the violence and crime in our country...oh wait...there are more important things like paintings to discuss

      Keith - 2012-06-01 15:22

      Dont you know these idiot clowns liek Ebrahim goes where the wonds blows such as supporting the western vampires.Ebrahim should be droned with a SPEAR hahahahahahahahah the idiot

  • Jean - 2012-05-30 14:30

    Oh please... No one listens to the SA gov. Put your condemning into action and cut ties (if we have any) with Syria...

      Peter - 2012-05-30 14:39

      Why the deafening silence from Desmond Tutu about the atrocities in the Middle East but eveready to condem Isreal

      Fidel - 2012-05-30 14:48

      Jean, the SA government punches above its wait when it comes to intl relations, but you wish this weren't the case, sorry to dissapoint you.

      Jean - 2012-05-30 15:01

      @fidel, how much notice did we get during our so called 'progress' during the Libya uprising? Nato threw us the finger while we were asking them not to do anything so SA is just a nobody on the world's map. SA gov is weak and condemning the violence in Syria is nothing cos even China condemns the violence but still no one besides the 'evil' west is actually doing something. Condemning is not stopping innocent children from being killed. save your comments if you think the world has any respect for SA.

      Fidel - 2012-05-30 15:09

      Western powers always lobby SA when it comes to both UNGA and UNSC undertakings. SA as chair of the NAM countries wields a lot of influence there as well. What you wish for and reality are two totally different things. You are free to be willfully ignorant!

  • Michele - 2012-05-30 14:42

    Well it's about time they condemned it, Now if some bloke had painted a picture of Assad with a penis on it . . . . . then there would have been screams of blue murder immediately by the ANC. Our govt really do have their priorities all wrong

  • Ruan - 2012-05-30 14:44

    Finaly a bit more aggresive comments from Government. 49 of the 108 killed, were children. Of those killed, as little as 20 were actually killed by artillery fire. The rest it seems were either gunned down, stabbed or had their throats slit. It is ironic to think that while we are in Child Protection week, the "comrades" from the ANC and ANC womens league would take to the streets because of a painting, but would not embark on a march to the Syrian embassy demanding immediate action. A shocking and uncut graphic video is available on the internet,showing some of the murdered children. I believe the politicians and unfortunately the bulk of the SA population have no idea of the true and grim nature of this massacre. As such, we take it as just another news article from abroad. Only once you see the visuals, does it truly strike heart and home............. I wonder if they have even seen the actual raw footage of the

      Fidel - 2012-05-30 15:37

      Ruan, you are weeping too much. The truth is that a child in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan is the same as a child in France, Britain or America. I hope you respond with the same apoplexy when Pakistani or Afghan children have ended up being killed by Nato "smart" bombs.

      Ruan - 2012-05-30 16:05

      Fidel. I am weeping because I am a parent and I assure you I will do, and have done the same in other cases as well. You mistakenly put me in a specific camp, when I am not.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-30 17:38

      Fidel, regretably you don't do the same. This much is patently clear from your deeply prejudiced posts.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-30 18:02

      Fidel, How sad, you don't weep when a tyrant is responsible for daily murders, of 20/30/50/70/110 mostly unarmed civilians, for a period of more than one year !! How sad, all those studies you have done, are worthless, cause you hard, cold amnd misinformed !!!

  • Philip - 2012-05-30 14:47

    oh and this government is better , they sing about killing the boer on live tv

  • Keith - 2012-05-30 23:39

    Ebrahim you must be another puppet western vampires supporter you idiot clown

  • simphiwe.tladi - 2012-05-30 23:50

    i think we should look at this in another angle.why can't the US and its allies(NATO

  • non-believer - 2012-05-31 09:07

    the Arab world is okay with Arabs murdering other Arabs, just dont let the evil West murder Arabs. I am amazed at SA condemning this - they are quite happy with Uncle Bob and his antics, the atrocities hardly even provoke a comment anymore. Viva the renaissance of Africa.

  • Keith - 2012-06-01 15:20

    Ebrahim I think you another idiot to condemn something you dont have prove of just supporting the western puppets strategic plan for regime change .You are one of those dangerious two faced puppets poepsak

  • Keith - 2012-06-01 15:25

    The UN security council are the biggest MAFIAS .

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