Statement on the current developments in Egypt
04 July 2013
The Government of South Africa has observed with concern the suspension of the Constitution and the removal from office of a democratically elected President in Egypt, one year after the presidential election.
The Government is of the view that all efforts should be made to avoid violent confrontation between contending parties. Instability in Egypt may have far reaching consequences on the already precarious situation in the country as well as the North African region and Middle East.
In line with the African Union Constitutive Act, South Africa is opposed to all forms of unconstitutional changes of government. We strongly encourage all Egyptians to resolve the present crisis through inclusive dialogue within the relevant national legal framework that seeks to consolidate the democratic achievements made by the Egyptian people in January 2011.
South African citizens currently in Egypt and those intending to travel to that country should consider their stay or plans based on the prevailing situation in Egypt which remains fluid.
All non-essential personnel and families attached to the South African Embassy in Cairo will be temporarily withdrawn until the situation allows for their return. The Embassy will however remain open and continue rendering consular assistance to South African citizens in Egypt.
Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, 082 884 5974.
Issued by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road