Media Statement

29 March 2021

Distressed South African citizens in Mozambique accounted for

The South African High Commission in Maputo, Republic of Mozambique, has managed to account for a total of 43 South Africans affected by the recent attacks in the north of the country.

The citizens were in the area known as Afungi. These include the two men who fled into the bush during the attacks on the Amarula Hotel convoy on 26 March, and a young South African who hid away and was found by search and rescue helicopters. Some of these nationals are already back home whilst others have been moved to safe areas within Mozambique.

The High Commission remains seized with a track-and-trace process to determine whether there are any more South Africans who may have been affected.

The services provided by the High Commission include assisting South African citizens with emergency medical evacuation, obtaining emergency travel documentation and securing international flight transfers.

Minister Naledi Pandor has commended staff at the South African High Commission in Maputo for their prompt efforts at reaching out to fellow South Africans in distress in Mozambique. The Minister has conveyed a message of condolences to the family of the man killed in the attack.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, 082 884 5984

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