SA embassy staff in Brussels all ‘accounted for’

No South Africans were believed to among the dead or injured following the bomb attacks that killed at least 30 people in the Belgian capital on Tuesday.

A Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) statement said: “The South African Embassy in Brussels has reported that all South African transferred officials and locally recruited personnel have been accounted for.”

It added: “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.”

Dirco spokesperson Clayson Monyela said that President Jacob Zuma had conveyed a message of condolence “to Prime Minister Charles Michel and the people of the Kingdom of Belgium‚ particularly the families of the victims” on behalf of the South African government and people.

“The South African government joins the international community in strongly condemning the terrorist attacks that took place…which resulted in the deaths and injuries of scores of innocent civilians‚” Monyela said.

“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.”

A group affiliated to the Islamic State organisation claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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