Pi­rates to play Tu­nisian ri­vals amid ‘state of war’

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - AYANDA MKHWANAZI

SOWETO soc­cer gi­ants Or­lando Pi­rates, who are in Tu­nisia, are on high alert be­cause of the risk of terror at­tacks.

Twelve mem­bers of the Tu­nisian pres­i­den­tial guard died in an at­tack ear­lier this week.

The in­ci­dent came as Pi­rates were preparing for their match against Etoile Sportive du Sa­hel in the sec­ond leg of their CAF Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup fi­nal in Sousse tomorrow.

The In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions and Co-op­er­a­tion Depart­ment says that al­though it is sat­is­fied the play­ers are in safe hands, it re­mains in con­stant com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the South African Em­bassy in Tunis.

“They are mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion,” spokesman Clayson Monyela said.

“They have con­tacted the Tu­nisian au­thor­i­ties to as­cer­tain that se­cu­rity mea­sures are be­ing taken.”

The match is to go ahead as planned. The au­thor­i­ties have de­clared a state of emer­gency, say­ing the coun­try is in a “state of war”.

A 9pm cur­few has been im­posed.

The ma­jor terror at­tack was the third in Tu­nisia this year.

Ter­ror­ists killed 38 for­eign­ers at a beach ho­tel in Sousse in June. Gun­men killed 21 tourists at the Bardo Mu­seum in Tunis in March.

The South African gov­ern­ment has con­demned the use of force, violence, in­tim­i­da­tion and threats to high­light so­ciopo­lit­i­cal is­sues or po­lit­i­cal dis­agree­ments.

As a pre­cau­tion, Monyela has called on all South Africans liv­ing or vis­it­ing Tunis to reg­is­ter with the depart­ment or the em­bassy.

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