The South African government condemned the attempted coup d’état in the Republic of Gabon last morning, when five soldiers took control of a national radio station and read a short declaration announcing the “National Restoration Council”.
As it follows from the statement issued on Monday by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco), South Africa saw an attempt at a coup d’état in such actions and called on the republic’s army to help restore the democratically elected government.
The Gabon army is known to have arrested those attempted a coup d’état:
“South Africa condemns in the strongest possible terms the attempted coup to overthrow the democratically elected Government in the Republic of Gabon. In this regard, South Africa reaffirms the African Union principle of the total rejection of all unconstitutional change of power,” Dirco noted.