Sunday, April 19, 2015

Ethiopia’s Ambassador to South Africa talks to Home Affairs Minister about the protection of Ethiopian citizens in South Africa

(Apr 18, 2015, (mfa))--The Ethiopian Embassy in South Africa is carrying out efforts, together with the Ethiopian community to protect the lives of Ethiopians from savage and barbaric attacks by mobs in Durban and other areas.

On Tuesday (April 14), Ethiopia’s Ambassador to South Africa, Ambassador Mulugeta Kelil and embassy staff travelled to Durban from Pretoria where the Embassy is located,  to discuss the situation with local authorities and South Africa’s Minister of Home Affairs. On the same day, the Ambassadors of Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi, Malawi, Mozambique, Congo, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Bangladesh and Pakistan also held meetings with the Home Affairs Minister.

The Minister noted that the Government was stepping up security presence in areas where the attacks had occurred. He pointed out that more than 28 people suspected of committing attacks on foreigners had been arrested, adding that the Government of South Africa would continue to hunt down and bring to justice those taking part in the attacks.

The Ethiopian Embassy is working closely with the Ethiopian community to ensure that Ethiopians living in Durban remain safe. On Wednesday (April 15), Ambassador Muluegeta Kelil also spoke to Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini regarding the mob attacks on foreigners.

The King subsequently spoke on radio to condemn the killing of foreigners and to call on all South Africans to live with foreigners in harmony and peace. The Embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will continue to work closely with all the relevant authorities and stakeholders to ensure the safety of Ethiopians residing in South Africa.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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