South Africa Rejects, Condemns Sudan Coup

South Africa on Monday said it was “deeply concerned about the apparent ongoing coup and attempts to undermine Sudan’s political transition”.

“We reject and condemn any attempt at an unconstitutional change of government,” said South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco)

Earlier on Monday, the Sudanese army dissolved the government, commandeered the broadcasting services, cut off the internet, and took away Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and his wife.

The military arrested civilian leaders, ending a joint civilian-military council that has ruled since President al-Bashir’s ouster in 2019.

The coup has been widely rejected by civilians who are out on the streets protesting.

Soldiers fired live rounds at pro-democracy protesters after the military dissolved the government and took over in an apparent coup. At least 12 people were wounded in the shooting.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, head of the Sovereign Council that shared power between the military and civilians, said the council had been dissolved.

Responding to the move, South Africa called for the “immediate and unconditional release” of the Prime Minister, government officials and other politicians detained by security forces.

“We call on the security forces to exercise total restraint and protect the lives and property of the people,” said Dirco.

“South Africa further calls on all parties to resume meaningful dialogue, engage in good faith and restore Sudan’s constitutional order.”