South Africa's Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation has confirmed the government's rejection of what has taken place in Egypt recently, including the ouster of the elected president and the disabling of the constitution.
Such actions, said the ministry in a press statement, violate the charter and norms of the African Union.
The South African Government expressed its deep concern about the large number of people killed and wounded from amongst the supporters of the ousted president. It noted that violence against legitimate protests does not serve the democratic process and will not contribute to resolving the differences within Egyptian society. Only through a process of reconciliation can Egypt's democratic aspirations be achieved, said a government spokesperson.
Expressing support for the UN invitation for the Egyptian authorities to ensure respect for the rule of law and the principles of international human rights, South Africa called for the unconditional release of President Mohamed Morsi and all the political prisoners who have been detained since the "unconstitutional" government change. It appealed to all parties to renounce violence and reprisals and urged Egyptians to adopt a spirit of national reconciliation if they really want peace and stability in the country. The government in Pretoria confirmed its readiness to assist Egypt by sharing its experience in this regard.