Detainment of South African medical students in Cuba; was a request received by the South African Embassy in Havana for assistance from these students, and what assistance was rendered to them

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QUESTION NO: 376 (NW-523E)

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO: 6-2013 OF 8 MARCH 2013

MR IO DAVIDSON (DA) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION;

(1) Were South African medical students recently detained in Cuba; if so, on what grounds were they detained;

(2) did the South African Embassy in Havana receive a request for assistance from these students; if so, what assistance was rendered to them?

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(1) No

(2) Yes. The South African Embassy in cooperation with the South African Department of Health, as well as the Cuban authorities, facilitated negotiations with the students.

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