South African government condemns terrorist attack in France


Je Suis CharlieJe suis Charlie – “I am Charlie” – the message of support for victims of the attack on the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in Paris that has gone viral on the internet.

The South African government has come out in support of the UN Security Council’s condemnation of the attack on journalists at Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris as “barbaric and cowardly”, describing it as a “crime against humanity”.

Read the full statement:

The South African Government joins the international community in condemning the calculated and barbaric terrorist attack on 7 January 2015, against journalists and members of the public in Paris, France, which is reported to have claimed the lives of at least 12 individuals.

Deliberate attacks against journalists and members of the public contravene international law and constitute a crime against humanity.

The South African Government has taken note of and supports the United Nations Security Council in its condemnation of this “barbaric and cowardly” act and reiterates its stance that terrorism in any form and from whichever quarter cannot be condoned. South Africa stands firmly with the international community by unequivocally condemning all terrorism and will continue to support regional and international efforts to address the scourge of terrorism in all its forms.

The South African Government extends its deepest condolences to the Government and people of France, especially the victims of the attack and their loved ones.

Clayson Monyela
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Issued by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation