SA embassy staff flee Syria

2012-07-22 22:38

Johannesburg - South African embassy staff in Damascus have fled Syria due to security concerns, the department of international relations said on Sunday.

"What I can confirm to you is that all our embassy staff in Damascus have been urged to move to neighbouring countries because of the security situation in Damascus," spokesperson Nelson Kgwete said.

SABC radio news reported earlier that Shaune Byneveldt, ambassador to Syria, had arrived back in South Africa as fighting intensified in the capital.

  • mollie.kruger - 2012-07-22 22:54

    Maybe the South African Government will now realize the how serious the situation in Syria actually is...

      christopher.columbus.3950178 - 2012-07-22 23:00

      Maybe they should have stayed ofr a while longer...really see what could happen here in SA if they (well, anc) continue to go along the path they chose.

      zip.reeper - 2012-07-23 04:58

      yes run home to mummy you diplomatic cowards

      Squeegee - 2012-07-23 07:03

      Perhaps we can send Zipper to Syria to 'resolve' the problem. Not theirs, ours!

      sharon.a.marks.9 - 2012-07-24 14:26

      send cosatu and all its supporters along with the war hero mal lemmer,lets see them preach war if some of them return

  • Henk - 2012-07-22 23:33

    What was that we had o vote for last week?

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-23 04:35

    We, SA, let down the Tunesians, the Egyptians, the Libyans, and now also the Syrians. When are we going to learn , not only to pick the winners, but to do what is right. The choice is SOO EASY; The people over the dictator!!!

  • sycomachinery - 2012-07-23 06:21

    They run because everyone knows they support that scumbag government.

  • Mark - 2012-07-23 06:29

    I hope that when the new Syrian government takes over they shut the door on vagabond nations like this dog-like nation of South Africa who sold them out for a pat on the head from their new imperialist masters; the Russians and the Chinese.

      Gerald Jordaan - 2012-07-23 07:09

      Yep Prof Peckerspear's imperialist masters know how to keep their sheep in check !! Baa Baa !! You dumb sh*t!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-23 08:20

      "New Imperialists", who are the old ones Mark?

      mark.schulz.796 - 2012-07-23 08:45

      Whoever paid them the most, Fidel. The SA government is nothing more than a prostitute on the international stage.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-23 09:25

      The South African government, like all governments has its interests to persue and protect. There's one fundemental that you need to understand, and it's that intl relations is about commerce. Once you understand this, then all the apparent confusion, contradiction and ambiguity surrounding countries' policies fades away. This is Real politik!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-23 19:03

      Sad that Fidel holds such a heartless, inhumane view of world affairs. "Real Politik" is a stale, heartless, dominating doctrine that has largely been thrown in the scrap-heap of history, except by neo-Communist and unelected regimes who hold similarly heartless, stale views of the world and of humanity.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-23 19:50

      ""Real Politik"" Hahahahahahahaah, You are so unbelievable confused !! Berlin Wall============================Real politik Syria==================================Reality politics Be careful of those books you got, they are sooo old, they might fall apart !!

  • sisie.indola - 2012-07-23 07:21

    The reason SA abstained from voting for the UN resolution had to do with the Chinese loan to Africa and SA and JZ honorary Professorship - you should know by now that is government will bend over backwards for their BRIC partners. Besides what's a skirmish or two - there is no problem in Syria, it's just a little internal problem.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-23 07:26

    A very reasonable undertaking by the foreign Affairs department to protect its staff from the terrorist casing mayhem in that country. Hopefully the security of that country improves.

      Koos - 2012-07-23 07:51

      I'm sorry but I don't know who is terrorist and who isn't anymore.

      Mark - 2012-07-23 08:02

      The embassy staff probably had good practice running from the SANDF back in the day.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-23 19:05

      "The security of that country" isn't going to improve for as long as Fidel holds onto his immature anti-West beliefs, and enables the arming of its unelected dictator by the neo-Soviet Russian regime.

  • tandi.freeman - 2012-07-23 07:38

    This is so sad.I visited Syria a few years ago and it was such a fascinating country with hospitable people and the tourism industry was just starting up.How awful that things had to change for the worse.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-24 00:46

      Sad indeed. Tragic really.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-23 09:37

    Scared or what?. Meantime our great friend China vetoes everything the United Nations come up with where Syria is concerned.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-23 09:42

      Not different really to the US vetoing everything the UN come up with where Israel is concerned. Over 60 vetoes to date protecting Israel from intl censure.

      Koos - 2012-07-23 10:13

      Naturally they do Jacqui! Look at every African story. The Chinese understand Africa better then the Africans. They know that when the Africans are done there is not much left and then they will have to turn to someone to “help” them... in return for concession of course. An guess who that “helping hand” will be. Hehehehe and then the same Africans cry when they have to buy the same raw materials back as finished goods... HAHAHAHAHA! On top of that the same Africa demands sympathy from the world. Let Africa sort out itself and if you are smart you will do as the Chinese do. Africa will be all yours in the end and it won't cost you one bullet.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-23 11:11

      China doesn't do things the western way, therefore western assumptions often don't apply, therefore western agents often do not understand. Just cheap caricature reliant upon a series of assumptions that are common enough, of course, but still pretty much useless. That and sweeping assertions based on anecdotes.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-23 13:35

      The West has been in Africa for a long time not the chinese, so I would say the West knows what's going on. No so, Fidel?

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-23 14:06

      And this is relevant why? How is that related to this discussion?

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-23 17:05

      Fidel, ""Over 60 vetoes to date protecting Israel from intl censure"" Last week it was "40" I take it, you are 'extra' angry today !!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-23 19:09

      Fidel is on record stating that the neo-Communist Russian and Chinese regimes are going to bring democracy to the Middle East, the democracy that they themselves don't have. There's nothing to debate with him. He has truly blinded himself to truer reality. He doesn't know that he's enabling the wholesale slaughter of Muslims who want to vote for their leaders by an unelected, and totally illegitimate leader that the overwhelming majority of countries have decided must step down. To Fidel, with his blinkers, this didn't happen or is irrelevant. All the while, Muslims are being slaughtered by the self-styled bloody surgeon of Syria.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-23 20:00

      ""China doesn't do things the western way, therefore western assumptions often don't apply, therefore western agents often do not understand. Just cheap caricature reliant upon a series of assumptions that are common enough, of course, but still pretty much useless. That and sweeping assertions based on anecdotes"" I doubt , you read this unbelievable crap yourself. How the heck, do you put these words together?? It is actually ,insane,

  • mholthuysen - 2012-07-23 09:46

    Oh - but the situation is so great that South Africa abstained from voting at the UN. Some more "hot air politics"?

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-23 13:39

      Zuma is so scared of his own shadow continuously having to look over his own shoulder. The soviet style government where the party rules and not the president inevitably leads to poor decision making.

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