South African Government confirms that 1 South African National on board ill fated AF 447 French Plane.

Pretoria – The Department of International Relations and Cooperation wishes to confirm earlier reports that one of the passengers on board the ill-fated Air France 447 plane was indeed a South African.

As a matter of policy the Department is providing consular assistance to the family. Accordingly, on behalf of the Government, Minister Maite Nkoana – Mashabane said “our thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this trying time.”

Issued by Nomfanelo Kota  021 412 9999 Room 1227

Department of International Relations and Cooperation

Private Bag X 152

Pretoria, 0001

02 June 2009

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