17 September 2015
South African Government expresses concern over the Republic of Burkina Faso
The South African Government notes with concern political developments in the Republic of Burkina Faso, following the holding hostage of the President of the Interim Council, as well as the Prime Minister, members of his Cabinet and other leaders, by the Presidential Security Regiment.
South Africa strongly condemns any attempt to seize power through extra-constitutional means or the resolution of political disagreements through the use of force. This incident is a serious violation of Burkina Faso's Constitution and the country’s Transitional Charter.
South Africa calls for the immediate release of Interim President Kafando, Prime Minister Zida and other leaders, and appeals to the people and all political leaders in the country to refrain from any violent activities that may further undermine peace, security and stability in the country. We urge all involved, including Burkina Faso's security forces, to adhere to non-violence, and to debate issues in a peaceful and inclusive manner.
All South Africans living in or visiting Burkina Faso are advised to register on the ROSA system and stay away from all protest sites.
Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, 082 884 5974
ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road