- South Africans who are currently in Afghanistan in the wake of the political turmoil in the country are encouraged to contact South African authorities
- The Department of International Relations and Co-operation says some contact with citizens has already been made
- South Africa's government has made the call for law and order to be restored in Afghanistan and for human rights to be protected
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JOHANNESBURG - South African authorities say that contact has been made with South African citizens that are currently in Afghanistan in the wake of the takeover by the Taliban on Sunday.
The Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco) has been in communication with the South African High Commission in Pakistan and indicated that plans to return South Africans home were in motion, according to TimesLIVE.
South African citizens who also wished to escape Afghanistan and return to South Africa are encouraged to contact the South African High Commission or Dirco to make arrangements.
They can do so by either emailing the South African High Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling +92 304 371 1869. Calls can be made to Dirco on 012 351 100
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The department's spokesperson Clayson Monyela says that the South African government is aware of the situation currently unfolding in Afghanistan including the displacement of thousands of people attempting to flee the country.
According to a report by EWN, the South African government have called for peace in Afghanistan.
They have also called on military personnel to do their best to protect citizens as well exercise restraint where possible. Dirco has also called for law and order to be restored in the country and the human rights of citizens as well as foreigners in Afghanistan to be protected.
Taliban takes control of Presidential Palace in Afghanistan
Briefly News previously reported that emerging reports indicate that the Islamic group, the Taliban, has taken control of the presidential palace in the Afghan capital, Kabul.
According to Aljazeera, top Taliban official, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who heads the group’s political bureau, said the next step is to begin governing. The publication stated that it obtained exclusive footage of Taliban leaders addressing the media from the palace on Sunday, August 15.
The president of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, had fled the country amid the Taliban’s rapid advance to the capital. A spokesman for the Taliban’s political office, Mohammad Naeem, told Al Jazeera that the group wants peaceful international relations.
He said the type and form of the new government in Afghanistan would be made clear soon. Naeem declared that the war in Afghanistan is after Taliban fighters ceased the capital, Kabul.
Source: Briefly News