South Africa condemns violent Demonstrations in Malawi

Pretoria - The Government of South Africa has noted with great concern the recent public demonstration that took place in Lilongwe, Blantyre and Mezuzu in Malawi, that have left at least 18 people dead and others injured.

South Africa strongly condemns the crackdown on what is reportedly anti-government protesters, and calls on protesters to express their grievances within the ambits of the laws of Malawi. It is also our view that more conciliatory efforts across the political divide should be brought to bear on all Malawians in the context of bringing about a mutually agreeable solution to the challenges of Malawi, which will ultimately contribute to the broadening of peace, security and development in the region.

In this regard, President Zuma reiterated his belief that “violence and any other form of attacks will not assist anyone in advancing our quest for peace and stability in any country. As the Government and the people of South Africa we reach out in our thoughts and prayers to the Government and people of Malawi, especially those who have lost their loved ones during the recent attacks and wish those wounded a speedy recovery.”

The Republic of South Africa will be closely watching developments in Malawi, with the hope that the country’s politics and social life will be returning to normalcy. 

For further information please contact Mr. Clayson Monyela spokesperson for DIRCO on 082 884 5974

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23 JULY 2011

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