African Union Chairperson condemns South African violence

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A police officer deals with protesters looting a shop in Johannesburg, South Africa, on July 12, 2021. Photo courtesy: Xinhua

The African Union has condemned the surge of violence in South Africa that has resulted in the deaths of civilians.

In a statement, AU chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said the deaths, appalling scenes of the looting of public and private property, destruction of infrastructure, including the suspension of essential services in KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng provinces, as well as in other parts of the country were disturbing.

Mahamat extended his condolences to the families of the victims and wished 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.” Mahamat said in a statement.

As at Tuesday evening, a total of 72 people had lost their lives, with 1,234 being arrested for their role in the violence.

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