Statement on the Status of Unaccounted and Missing South Africans
Following the Tsunami Disaster
Ghana- Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Nkosazana
Dlamini Zuma announced today, Tuesday 25 January 2005, that all South Africans
who were designated as unaccounted for, following the Tsunami tragedy have all
been found safe and sound.
A total of 2900 South Africans were in the South
East Asia Region during the Tsunami tragedy. As a consequence of sustained efforts
of the Foreign Affairs Consular Services working in close liaison with affected
families in South Africa, the Thailand authorities and Interpol, South Africa
has managed to trace the whereabouts of 2896 of its citizens including the 11
who lost their lives.
Accordingly, the focus of the Foreign Ministry's Consular
Services is now on the 4 South Africans officially designated as missing. In this
regard, the Foreign Ministry is still awaiting the outcome of DNA processes initiated
by the Thailand authorities through their Victim Identification Processes.
the Foreign Ministry Consular services in Thailand and Pretoria continue to work
closely with Interpol as part of efforts to trace the missing 4.
Dlamini Zuma extends the government's gratitude to all the families whose relatives
were designated as unaccounted for, for their assistance, co-operation, patience
and understanding during the process of tracing their relatives.
by Ronnie Mamoepa at 082-990-4853
Department of Foreign Affairs