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Thuli Madonsela offers support to #SAveSyria initiative

The initiative is preparing to put in place a distribution plan to ensure those suffering in Syria receive aid as soon as possible.

Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela (second from right) with representatives from Operation South Africa. The group has raised funds to assist war-torn Syria. Picture: @OperationSA.

JOHANNESBURG - Advocate Thuli Madonsela says there cannot be sustainable peace anywhere as long as there is suffering somewhere.

The former Public Protector was speaking at an Operation South Africa event in Johannesburg on Wednesday morning that saw close to R10 million being handed over to local charities to help people in war-torn Syria.

The Save Syria initiative says it's preparing to put in place a distribution plan to ensure those suffering in Syria receive aid as soon as possible.

Madonsela has lent her support to the cause and says the initiative is about understanding that we are all part of one human race.

“When one part of humanity hurts, the rest of us will eventually hurt. It’s really part of ubuntu.”

Madonsela has also responded to the criticism that Operation South Africa should be just as invested in dealing with South Africa’s problems as those in Syria.

“Already they’re making sure that Operation SA is responsive to any need.”

Operation South Africa’s Yusuf Abramjee says they've received close to R14 million worth of pledges toward helping people in Syria this week.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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