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The SA Government calls on the Afghanistan authorities to protect the rule of law

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Article by: Dumisane Dube

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation has urged Afghanistan authorities to uphold and protect the rule of law, human rights and safety of all Afghans and foreign nationals.

Social Media is filled with devastating scenes of Afghani’s trying to flee as the Taliban move in, with reports of some South Africans who live in Afghanistan also affected.

International Relations spokesperson Clayson Monyela says the South African government is calling on the military and security groups to exercise restraint.

“The Department of International Relations and Cooperation have established, via the South African High Commission in Islamabad, Pakistan that they are in contact with a number of South African nationals based in Afghanistan to ensure their safety and provide the necessary consular assistance,” says Monyela.

Monyela further says the South African Government furthermore encourages all Afghan parties involved in the internal conflict to ceaselessly search for a solution through dialogue, restoration of stability and an orderly transition to a new government.

The department has called on any South African currently in Afghanistan and in need of assistance to contact the South African High Commission in Islamabad.

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