'SA citizens in Egypt should return home'

Govt has urged all SA citizens in Egypt should contact the embassy for any assistance.

Millions of Egyptians celebrate after Mohamed Morsi was toppled by the army on 3 July 2013. Picture: AFP

CAIRO - Government has called on all South African citizens who are currently in Cairo to consider the security situation in that country and return home.

The South African government has for now withdrawn all non-essential personnel and families attached to their embassy in Cairo.

Head of public diplomacy Clayson Monyela says the embassy will however remain open.

"We encourage SA citizens in Egypt to consider the security situation on the ground. We are advising they get in touch for regular information. If they do decide to come home we are available to assist them."


Following the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi an Islamist coalition led by the Muslim Brotherhood party has called on Egyptians throughout the country to protest in a 'Friday of Rejection' after the prayers.

Various Egypt experts are saying the new administration must take care not to exclude the Muslim Brotherhood from the new Government.

CNN's Ivan Watson said, "The Egyptian military is back on the streets of Cairo forming a rig of steel around the protest camp of the Muslim Brotherhood. Supporters of Morsi gathered there and are determined to defend him."

Egyptian Security forces detained the former President on Wednesday.

The dramatic exit of Morsi was greeted with delight by millions of jubilant people on the streets of Cairo and other cities overnight, but there was simmering resentment among Egyptians who opposed military intervention.

Aware of the risk of alienating the Brotherhood completely, interim leader Judge Adli Mansour used his inauguration to offer an olive branch to the Brotherhood.

Mamon Fandy, President of the London Global Strategy Unit says the next step of the interim government should be the implementation of a new constitution that respects human rights.

"I think the challenge is not only the government in the transition. The challenge for Egypt is a proper constitution that would be written and make Egypt a free world instead of the sham constitution written by the Muslim Brotherhood which was a defiance of the International Declaration of Human Rights."

Meanwhile, a top lawmaker close to President Vladimir Putin said the ousting of Morsi proves that democracy does not work in non-Western states.

"This means that democracy does not work as a panacea, especially in countries that are not part of the Western world," he told the Interfax news agency.

Egypt's chief justice Adly Mansour was sworn in as the country's interim president on Thursday.

The swearing-in ceremony, which was broadcast live on national television, came after the military swept aside Morsi on Wednesday, a little more than a year after the Islamist leader took office.

The ousted president's government unravelled after the army gave him a 48-hour ultimatum in the wake of massive demonstrations against him on June 30, the anniversary of his first turbulent year in power.

Opponents accuse Morsi of having betrayed the revolution by concentrating power in Islamist hands and of sending the economy into free fall.

His supporters said he inherited many problems, and that he should be allowed to see out his mandate, which had been supposed to run until 2016.

The armed forces' long-time US sponsor has voiced concern for human rights. US Secretary of State John Kerry had expressed concern during a telephone call on Thursday for human rights.

Concern that the generals have carried out a military coup against Egypt's first-ever freely elected leader has left Washington reviewing the $1.5 billion in military and civilian aid it annually gives Egypt.