Media statement

12 September 2015

President Zuma sends condolences to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia following the accident at the Grand Mosque in Mecca

On behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of condolences to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, and the people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, following the accident that took place at the Grand Mosque in Mecca on Friday, 11 September 2015, that resulted in a large number of fatalities and casualties.

“The South African Government sends its deepest sympathy and condolences to the Government and the people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia following the tragic loss of lives of pilgrims as a result of the crane accident at the Grand Mosque. Our prayers go out to the families and friends of the deceased and we wish those injured in the accident, a speedy recovery," said President Zuma.

The South African Consulate in Jeddah is monitoring the situation in Mecca following the accident. Thus far, no reports have been received of any South African citizens affected by the accident.

Enquiries: Mr Nelson Kgwete, Spokesperson for DIRCO on 076 431 3078.

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