AU joins condemnation of Paris attacks

The AU chair has condemned the killings in the strongest terms, calling the acts despicable and barbaric.

Rescue workers evacuate injured people near the Bataclan concert hall in central Paris, on November 13, 2015. At least 39 people were killed in an "unprecedented" series of bombings and shootings across Paris and at the Stade de France stadium on November 13.  Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - African Union (AU) chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has sent her condolences and solidarity to French President Francois Hollande and the people of France following the deadly mass attacks in that country.

At least 125 people are now known to have died in the attacks, which were the worst terror attacks in France's history.

The Islamic State has since claimed responsibility for the attack.

The AU chairperson says she has learnt with shock and disbelief of the attacks in Paris.

Dlamini-Zuma has condemned the mass killings in the strongest terms, calling the acts despicable and barbaric.

She has called for swift action in the search for those behind the attacks and says they must be brought to book.

Dlamini-Zuma has also wished a speedy recovery to those wounded and says the AU stands in solidarity and in full support of the people of France.


Top officials in Zimbabwe have been adding their voices to the condemnation of the attacks in Paris last night.

Local government minister Saviour Kasukuwere tweeted that terror was unacceptable and despicable.

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His remark echoed that of David Coltart, the lawyer and former education minister from the opposition MDC, who said that terrorism and violence in any form was evil.

Revulsion to these attacks has been voiced by Zimbabweans on many social media platforms.

Higher Education Minister Jonathan Moyo pointed out on Twitter that this attack in Paris was an attack on humanity and didn't just affect the French.

Zimbabwe has its own high level UNESCO delegation in Paris at the moment, attending the UN body's general conference.