African Union Commission condemns situation in South Africa

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, says he condemns “in the strongest terms the surge of violence that has resulted in the deaths of civilians and appalling scenes of the looting of public and private property, destruction of infrastructure, including the suspension of essential services in Kwazulu-Natal, Gauteng and other parts of South Africa.”

In a statement, Dr Mahamat extended his condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a rapid and full recovery to the wounded.

“The Chairperson calls for an urgent restoration of order, peace and stability in the country in full respect of the rule of law. He stresses that failure to do so can have grave impacts not only in the country but the Region as a whole,” he said.

The AU Chairperson pledged the full and unwavering solidarity of the African Union Commission with the government and people of South Africa.