South Africa has joined the growing condemnation of a military coup in Guinea in West Africa which toppled President Alpha Conde.
He’s been placed under arrest by soldiers. International Relations Spokesperson, Clayson Monyela says South Africa is calling for the immediate release of Conde.
Videos shared on various social media sites showed President Conde surrounded by the special forces following his arrest from the presidential palace.
Earlier in the day, gunfire rent the air in the capital Conakry, near the Presidential palace. Coup leader Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, announced a nationwide curfew and promised to restore democracy to the country.
Video: South Africa condemns military coup in Guinea
The coup has however drawn international and regional condemnation, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) threatened to impose sanctions after what its chairman, Ghana’s President Nana Akuffo-Addo, called an attempted coup, while the African Union(AU) called on its Peace and Security Council to meet urgently and take “appropriate measures”.
South Africa called on the AU to intervene immediately to ensure a speedy return to stability. It further called for the military to refrain from political interference.
The coup came less than a year after a disputed election in which Conde won a third term after changing the constitution to allow himself to run for a third term.