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S/Africa wants end to violence in Egypt


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The South African government has called on Egyptians to embrace the spirit of national reconciliation, which will contribute positively to future peace and stability in the North African country plagued by a protractedpolitical crisis.According to the Ministry of International Relations, Pretoria was ready to assist Egypt in sharing experiences and practices in nation reconciliation drawing from its own experience.

The ministry expressed deep concern at the high number of deaths among protesters demonstrating against the unconstitutional removal of President Mohamed Morsi last week.

It added that the violence against a legitimate protest does not further the cause of democracy or contribute towards healing the differences between the people in a polarised society such as Egypt.

“The democratic aspirations of the Egyptian people can only be addressed through an all-inclusive legal process that will bring about a sustainable democratic future,” the ministry said on Tuesday.

In this light, the ministry called on all parties to engage in an inclusive political process that would lead to constitutional normalcy.

Dozens of people have died in several weeks of violence since Mohammed Morsi was removal from power on July 3 and replaced by interim leader Adli Mansour.

The former president, deposed amidst massive protests against his rule, is being detained at an undisclosed location as his supporters vow to organize more protests demanding his reinstatement despite a warning by the army for them not to hold rallies.

He has not been seen publicly since his ouster although the visiting European union official Catherine Ashton has said he was in good health.

“South Africa joins the call by the international community for the unconditional release of President Morsi and all other political prisoners held in detention since the unconstitutional change.

“Furthermore, the government of South Africa also calls on all parties to refrain from acts of violence and retribution,” the ministry said.

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