South Africans express shock, sadness, following Manchester bombing

2017-05-23 14:00

Cape Town - South Africans on social media expressed shock and sadness following the killing of 22 people in a suicide bombing in Manchester, UK, on Monday evening. Fifty-nine people were injured.

- Follow the Live Update.

Writer Ryan Cummings‏ (@Pol_Sec_Analyst) tweeted: "Waking up to news of the bomb attack in Manchester. The thought that someone would purposely targeted an event filled with kids is surreal."

Nadia van der Merwe (@nadz4444) wrote: "It is a sick, mad world filled with sick, mad people. My heart bleeds."

Robin Williams‏ (@RLeeW) tweeted: "So sad to hear and see what happened at the Manchester arena. What's happening to the human race? I ask endlessly."

Daniela (@danieladesiena) said the news was heart-breaking.

"So many innocent, young lives who were supposed to be in a safe, fun environment were killed," her tweet reads. 

Solána Rowe‏ (@NalediSibisi) tweeted: "The universe is truly in shambles."

On Facebook, South African rugby player Toks van der Linde said he was thinking of the people of Manchester. 

"The world is sick," he wrote in Afrikaans. 

Adri Fourie said she believed the bombing purposefully targeted young children and families.

"My thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by this senseless act of hate," she posted. 

The international relations department had not confirmed if any South Africans were injured. 

Manchester Anglican Dean, Roger Govender, told News24 that the city centre was on lock-down. 

- Read more: We prayed in the street - SA priest on Manchester bomb attack

No organisation or individual had yet claimed responsibility for the attack. 

Read more on:    twitter  |  social networks  |  security

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.