South African Government condemns Norway attacks

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Pretoria -Government condemned any forms of attacks following two separate attacks in Oslo in Norway on Friday.

"We will continue to stand together with the Norwegian government to defeat the enemies of peace. The government of South Africa urged that those responsible be brought to justice," President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday.

Joining other world leaders and the international community in extending condolences to Norway Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and the Norwegian people, Zuma said he has learnt with shock and sadness of the attacks.

"Our hearts and prayers are with you and most especially those who have lost loved ones during these callous attacks, the South African Government reiterates that violence is counterproductive to efforts aimed at bringing about lasting peace in any country," said Zuma.

At least 92 people died during large explosions, which shook the capital of Norway around 3pm on Friday.

The South African Mission's preliminary reports indicated that no South Africans were hurt or killed during these attacks and people looking for information on relatives in Norway could contact the Department of International Relations and Cooperation at 012 351 1000.

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