The South African government on Tuesday said it noted the unfolding situation in Afghanistan and was urging South African nationals currently in Afghanistan and in need of assistance to make contact.
Pretoria said it was also concerned about the plight of thousands of displaced Afghanistan nationals seeking safety and security amid the deepening crisis in Afghanistan.
Videos of Afghani’s clinging to the sides of a US plane on the runway have gone viral. Many are said to have fallen to their death when the plane gathered speed and took off.
Late on Monday night US President Joe Biden said he did not regret pulling our American forces from Afghanistan.
He said he would not make the mistake of putting US soldiers in harm’s way, especially not when the Afghanistan National Army soldiers were not prepared to fight for their country.
The US army has been in Afghanistan since it launched a manhunt for Bid Laden after 911, over two decades ago.
Bin Laden was eventually caught and killed – that was the mission, said Biden. He said America had no interest in the “civil war” in Afghanistan.
Biden said the US had spent a trillion dollars on training 300 000 Afghani soldiers, paying their salaries, and equipping them adequately to a point where they were better armed than some NATO partners.
Many US troops had lost their lives and many others maimed, lamented Biden.
Taliban fighters easily overan the national army and entered Afghanistan’s Presidential Palace in the capital Kabul hours after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country on Sunday,
RIA news agency reports that Russia’s embassy in Kabul said on Monday that Ghani fled the country with four cars and a helicopter full of cash and had to leave some money behind as it would not all fit in.
With the Americans pulling out and Ghani having fled his country, it’s anyone’s guess what the dreaded Taliban will do next.
“The South African government calls on the authority in power to ensure that the rule of law, human rights and safety of all Afghans and foreign nationals alike are protected,” said the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) in a statement.
“We wish to appeal to all military and security groups to exercise the utmost restraint and protect the lives and property of the people.
“The South African government furthermore encourages all Afghan parties involved in the internal conflict to ceaselessly search for a solution through dialogue, restoration of stability and an orderly transition to a new government.”
Dirco said it had established, via the South African High Commission in Islamabad, Pakistan, that they are in contact with a number of South African nationals based in Afghanistan to ensure their safety and provide the necessary consular assistance.
Dirco said any South African nationals currently in Afghanistan and in need of assistance, should the consular section at (+27) 012 351 100, email@example.com or the South African High Commission in Islamabad, Pakistan at (+92) 304 371 1869.