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Egypt demands South Africa ban Muslim Brotherhood activities

Egypt has asked South Africa to ban all activities including conferences organised by the Muslim Brotherhood in its territory.

Egypt's Alyoum7 newspaper today quoted Egyptian diplomatic sources as saying: "Egyptian officials have asked South Africa's Director-General of the State Security Agency, Sonto Kudjoe, and Minister of State Security, Siyabonga Cwele, during their visit to Egypt on Tuesday, to ban conferences organised by the Muslim Brotherhood or members of its international organisation in South Africa claiming they aim to broadcast false news about the situation in Egypt."

The newspaper said Egyptian officials called on the South African authorities to expel members of the Muslim Brotherhood from their country until they stop orchestrating plots against Egypt.

The newspaper quoted sources working at the Egyptian Embassy in South Africa as saying that several wanted members of the Brotherhood are believed to have arrived in South Africa in January including the Secretary General of the Muslim Brotherhood Mahmoud Ezzat, the former Investment Minister Yahya Hamid and the head of Asala Salafist Party Ehab Al- Shiha.

Egypt's Defence Minister Marshal Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi met with the South African delegation. The armed forces spokesperson said through his official social networking site that the two sides discussed the latest developments on the African continent and ways of enhancing cooperation and mutual relations between the two countries. The Egyptian Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Sidqi Subhi and senior leaders of the Egyptian armed forces as well as the South African Ambassador in Cairo attended the meeting.

Media reports claimed that Cwele conveyed his country's commitment to supporting Egypt to accomplish its objectives for the transitional period and lay the foundations of democracy and countering terrorism in order to support security and stability within the African continent.

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