Media Statement

22 March 2016

President Zuma condemns the terrorist attacks in the Kingdom of Belgium

The South African Government joins the international community in strongly condemning the terrorist attacks that took place this morning, Tuesday, 22 March 2016, in Brussels, Belgium, which resulted in the deaths and injuries of scores of innocent civilians.

On behalf of the Government and people of South Africa, H. E. President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of deepest condolences to H. E. Prime Minister Charles Michel and the people of the Kingdom of Belgium, particularly the families of the victims.

South Africa stands firmly with the rest of the international community in its condemnation of these attacks and reiterates its stance that terrorism, in whatever form and from whichever quarter, cannot be condoned.

The South African Embassy in Brussels has reported that all South African Transferred Officials and Locally Recruited Personnel have been accounted for. The Mission has, however, not yet received any information or enquiry about South African citizens in Belgium, who may have been involved in any of the reported incidents. The Mission is in contact with relevant local authorities and other useful sources of information in this regard and will give updates on the situation as it unfolds.

Enquiries: Clayson Monyela, 082 884 5974

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