Along with the international community, the South African Government has strongly condemned France terror attacks.
SA government described the France terror attacks as ‘cowardly’ saying terrorism cannot be condoned.
The attack happened yesterday in the French city of Nice during Bastille Day celebrations. It resulted in the deaths of 84 people and left scores injured.
His Excellency, President Jacob Zuma, on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, has extended his heartfelt condolences to President Francois Hollande, the Government and the people of France. Particularly, to the families of the deceased and injured.
Zuma said: “South Africa shares in the grief of the French people and wishes the injured survivors a speedy recovery. Terrorism in any form and from whichever quarter cannot be condoned.
South Africa stands firmly with the international community in condemning all forms of terrorism and stands in solidarity with the Government of the Republic of France as they mourn the death of their citizens.”
Meanwhile, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation’s Consular Services division is in contact with the South African Embassy in Paris following the attacks.
The department’s intent is to determine if any South African citizens were victims.
As such, South Africans in France or family members in South Africa requiring assistance can contact the South African Embassy in Paris. Alternatively, they can contact the Department of International Relations and Cooperation at +27 12 351 1000.
Condolences To SA Fire Victims
The President also sent his condolences to families of children who died in a fire. The incident happened at the Lakehaven Children’s Home in Parlock, Durban in KwaZulu-Natal.
He said: “We are very saddened by this tragic and painful loss of life and the serious injuries to other children. We convey our heartfelt condolences to all the families who are going through a most difficult period.
May the injured recover well both physically and emotionally from this trauma.”
With that, he added that the provincial government is providing much-needed support to the affected families.