The South African government, led by the African National Congress, issued a statement on Monday night saying it hoped the death of Osama Bin Laden “will greatly contribute towards a peaceful resolution in Afghanistan,Iraq and Pakistan”.
Issued by Ebrahim Ebrahim, the ruling party’s Head of International Relations, the statement said government “strongly subscribes to the notion that world problems cannot be resolved through violence, but through peaceful means”.
It somewhat condemned Bin Laden’s brutal killing saying there can “be no justification for the use of violence to resolve global challenges that we daily face – whether social, political or economic”
The statement went further to saySouth Africais worldwide “today hailed as a model of a peaceful transition from the tyranny of apartheid to constitutional democracy because of our belief in resolving issues around the table and not through the bullet”.
“While we have noted reports of the death of Osama Bin Laden – we hope that his death will greatly contribute towards a peaceful resolution in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan – countries that have seen high levels of conflict”, said Ebrahim in a statement.