SA responds to Moroccan diplomat's murder

Police have not yet established a motive for Fatmi Noureddine's murder.

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation says those responsible for Fatmi Noureddine's murder. Picture: EWN.

PRETORIA - South Africa has now responded officially to the murder of a Moroccan diplomat in Pretoria earlier this week.

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation has expressed serious concern and sadness.

It's also sent condolences to the family and colleagues of Fatmi Noureddine.

Police have not yet established a motive for Noureddine's murder, who was found by his colleagues on Monday in a pool of blood at a Pretoria guesthouse on Tuesday.

They also don't have any suspects at this early stage of their investigation.

The department says those responsible will be held accountable for this heinous crime.

It says the safety of foreign representatives in in South Africa is a priority for the government.

The Diplomatic Policing Unit has been beefed up to enable this.

Morocco hasn't had an ambassador in South Africa for a decade.

It withdrew its chief representative in protest against Pretoria establishing diplomatic relations with the Western Sahara that Morocco has occupied in defiance of the international community since 1975.

Earlier this year, Rwanda's former head of external intelligence Patrick Karegeya was found murdered in his hotel room in Sandton.