The Media Review Network (MRN) deplores the decision by the South African (SA) government on inviting Abdul Fattah Al Sisi to the 25th Summit of the African Union (AU). The decision by the SA government goes against the very grain of the goals and the objectives of the AU and the SA constitution.
The illegitimate Egyptian regime with Sisi at the helm and supported by the West, has reduced Egypt into a dictatorship that is ruled by authoritarian and aggressive command. All remnants of democracy in Egypt have for all intents and purposes vanished.
Since taking office, the judiciary has been undermined, media has been censored, civil liberties have been eroded and the country is virtually under military siege. The brutality and oppression of the Sisi regime makes the Mubarak rule seem like a family outing. Unfortunately, one victim of the Sisi tyranny is South African citizen, Sheik Dr Abdus Salaam Jad Bassiouni.
The double-standards, vis a vis Burundi, displayed by the AU and supported by the SA government in recognizing the illegitimate regime is both despicable and deplorable.
The MRN reminds the AU that it was established to transform our continent from a ‘dictators club’ into a formidable and credible democratic entity.
The MRN calls on the SA government and the AU to rethink its position and relationship with the Egyptian regime and Sisi. Furthermore, we call on the citizens of SA and people of conscience to demand that the AU and the SA government take firm steps against this criminal and illicit Egyptian regime.