The Department confirms that the person who was killed by the Somali Pirates is not a South African Citizen

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation would like to confirm that the deceased person in a Somali hospital who is alleged to have been killed by the Somali pirates, as the media reports purport, is not a South African citizen. We are, however, with our international partners in Somalia, investigating the identity of the other two kidnapped individuals who are thought to be South African citizens. We will communicate more information as soon as our investigations are concluded.

For more information, please contact the Chief Director for Public Diplomacy, Mr Saul Kgomotso Molobi, on 082 940 1647, +27 12 351 0083 or e-mail him at

Issued by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation

OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Pretoria, RSA

7 November 2010

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