SA condemns attack in Ethiopia

Sunday, June 24, 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa has extended South Africa’s deepest condolences to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the people of Ethiopia following an attack against civilians at a rally in Addis Ababa on Saturday.

The rally was held in support of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's reform agenda.

President Ramaphosa expressed shock and dismay at the grenade explosion that struck supporters, killing at least one person and wounding scores more. Many are in a critical condition.

The President, in a statement on Sunday, strongly condemned the “cowardly attack”.

He expressed his sincere condolences to the families and friends for the loss of their loved ones and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.

“President Ramaphosa joins the African Union in expressing South Africa’s full solidarity with the Government and people of Ethiopia and President Abiy Ahmed’s efforts to create unity, reconciliation, peace and democracy in Ethiopia,” said the statement issued by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation. –