South Africa’s President, Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma has sent a heartfelt condolence to the Government and the people of the Republic of Turkey on behalf of the Government and people of South Africa following Istanbul’s terror attacks.
His Excellency said the ‘heartfelt condolence’ should be extended to the families of the deceased and injured following the terror attacks on Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport yesterday’s evening.
The Istanbul’s terror attacks has so far, claimed 41 lives and left over 200 injured.
Zuma used the opportunity to warn terrorists that the world wouldn’t condone their activities.
“South Africa shares in the grief of the Turkish people and the international community following the substantial loss of life and wishes the injured survivors a speedy recovery,” he said.
Thereafter, he warned that “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 Turkey and all countries affected as they mourn the death of their citizens.”
BuzzSouthAfrica learnt from a statement issued by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation that its’ Consular Services division has been in close contact with the South African Embassy in Ankara following the attacks.
“The South African Embassy is in constant communication with Turkish authorities this morning to establish whether there are any South African casualties. At this stage, none have been reported as per their record.
The Embassy provided their contact particulars to the Turkish authorities and hospitals in Istanbul, should there have been any South African citizens wishing to contact the Embassy. Consular Services is currently dealing with enquiries from members of the public and will render the required consular assistance.
South Africans in Turkey or family members in South Africa requiring assistance are requested to contact the South African Embassy in Ankara or the Department at +27 12 351 1000,” read the statement.