The youth wing of South Africa's ruling
party has demanded a thorough investigation into threats against the U.S.
Embassy ahead of Friday's re-opening.
The African National Congress Youth
League said it places confidence in the cooperation of Pretoria and Washington
to ascertain the perpetrators of the threat.
An undisclosed security threat led to the closing of
U.S. government offices, including the embassy in South Africa's capital,
State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said in a press briefing in
Washington Tuesday that "credible" information had been received
about a possible threat against the embassy.
Paseka Letsatsi is the spokesman
for the ANC youth league. He tells reporter Peter Clottey that his group
supports the outpouring of support for the embassy staff.
African National Congress Youth League will like to give the position on the
process of investigating all the issues which happened in the U.S. embassies
the right of government to investigate and find out the reasons why these
Meanwhile, the U.S. Mission expressed appreciation to the
South African Government and in particular, the South African Police Service
(SAPS) Division: Crime Intelligence, for outstanding cooperation and support.
The mission also
thanked members of the South African public for their good wishes and support
during the embassy's closure.
Letsatsi said the
youth league is proud of the people's support for the American embassy.
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"We do support the feeling
of South Africans because we are convinced that South Africa remains a safe
place for people to visit," he said.
He expressed confidence in
the ongoing cooperation between Washington and Pretoria to ascertain the truth.
"We don't want to preempt
what was the reason [but] we think that the South African government and the
American government will together establish and ensure that what happened
within this particular space of time [won't happen again]," he said.
Letsatsi said it is unlikely
the threats that led to the closing of the embassy will undermine South
Africa's huge tourism industry.
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