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Dept to release names of SA blast victims

2012-09-19 11:23

Johannesburg - The names of the eight South Africans killed in a suicide bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, will be released on Wednesday, said the department of international relations and co-operation.

"We are going to release the names all at once, instead of bit-by-bit. We will release the names today," said spokesperson Nelson Kgwete.

Kgwete did not give a time for the release of names, and would not comment on a newspaper's identification of two of the men.

He said the company which employed all eight South Africans had been in contact with the victims' families.

Beeld newspaper revealed the identities of two of the victims in a report on Wednesday, as Brandon Booth, 47, of Balgowan in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, and Fraser Carey, 32, from Johannesburg.

Both men were pilots. Booth’s girlfriend had recently given birth to his second daughter, according to the report.

The newspaper reported that all those killed were employed by the Johannesburg company, ACS/Balmoral.

The South African victims included another pilot, three flight engineers and a woman who worked in ACS/Balmoral's operations room at Kabul airport, Beeld reported.

The suicide bomber, thought to be a woman, died in the attack, as did the Afghan minibus driver, a ground crew member from Kirgistan, and a pedestrian.

Comments
  • John Peter Steyn - 2012-09-19 12:04

    These guys take their chance for the cash, sometimes this kind of thing happens to remind us why they get paid so much.

      debra.bekker - 2012-09-19 15:57

      Most of "these guys" can't find work in South Africa. Do you think they would be there if they had a choice! Think!!

  • linds.ronhouse - 2012-09-19 12:07

    Very sad that we have lost 8 people who had nothing to do with film or even the military invasion of Afganistan and other countries. The west needs to realize that military invasion of another sovereign nation does not work. It actually escalates violence and gives extremists room to raise their heads. Ax exactly what is happening in Lybia now. Lybia was a peaceful and safe country until NATO invaded it. Iraq is the same.

      bheki.moyo.39 - 2012-09-19 14:46

      Was Afghanistan a peaceful country before 2001?

  • linds.ronhouse - 2012-09-19 12:12

    American imperialism is now affecting innocent countries. Americans must stop trying to impose western democracy on everyone else. And invading other nations. Their war on terror only breeds new terrorists.

      berlioz78 - 2012-09-19 12:22

      @ linds What is your thought on Syria? The people of Syria are crying out for western intervention ( just like Lybia did ) and when they do intervene they get criticised by people like you. I'm not a supporter of the way the western world runs their foreign policies. But innocent people are dying because of tyrants like Gaddafi and Assad. The UN is too scared to help because China and Russia threaten stability. Somebody needs to help the innocent people... Who do you suggest? How can you say Lybia was safe?? Do you think the people rose up against Gaddafi because he was a friendly jolly character? He was a dictator and a murderer.

      linds.ronhouse - 2012-09-19 13:51

      @berlioz78 I hear your point. However, in Syria you already have a foreign sponsored revolt against the government. Government would not have killed people if they didn't arm themselves and tried to undemocratically effect a regime change. As for Lybia, my partner visited Lybia quite often during Gaddafi's time. Yes you could not get alcohol, etc. but people went shopping at night without fear. Now there is random gunfire in the capital and people die. Islamic extremist that were properly dealt with by Gaddafi are now roaming the streets and are armed. That attack on the US embassy would not have happened if Gaddafi was still in power, because he had changed his stance and he was busy rebuilding relations with the west. His intelligence services would have picked it up before it happened and he would have dealt severly with the perpetrators.

      bheki.moyo.39 - 2012-09-19 14:43

      Know your fact lol,before America wentt to war against the Talibans,there was fighting going on in Afghan.

      berlioz78 - 2012-09-19 14:44

      The people in Syria started to rise up against its government like all the other Arab countries did because they didn't have freedom. When your partner went to Libya, what he/she was seeing a minority of people who if they didn't act a certain way would be "dealt with" or were gaining from being in the same tribe as Gaddafi. If you look at the bigger picture it's not America or the west causing any of this. The west would not interfere if they were not provoked or asked. Freedom comes at a price unfortunately and that is a vacuum of law and order. Where the rest of the world fails is helping the country back on its feet. I am not a full supporter of democracy as I do believe there should be certain rules in place or things will fall apart ( ie I believe in spanking children if they are naughty) people need boundaries and democracy in most cases breaks down those boundaries leaving people doing what ever they want, a country lawless like South Africa( sorry but it's true) where the west fails is not in interfering but in the follow up...I would like to know how you would feel if you were not allowed to voice your opinion like you do on this site... If you did you could be shot... That is not freedom... And the west did not make the Libyans want that... It's a human desire to say what you feel deeply about...

      linds.ronhouse - 2012-09-19 15:03

      @berlioz78, is Iraq a better country now than what it was under Saddam? No, it's far worse almost 10 years after the invasion. The Arab spring has very little to do with democracy, but everything to do with American led neo- liberal global order. Have you read Prof. Sampie Terreblanche's book? If not then I implore you to read it.

      berlioz78 - 2012-09-19 15:47

      The worst thing you can do in life is take one man's opinion... One must be very careful not to get yourself hooked into a conspiracy theory. NATO is not only America and neither is the UN. If I were you I would stop listening to conspiracy theory's and take note of the happenings of China and Russia. Rather the devil you know... As I said I do not agree with Americas or the British foreign policy (forgot to mention I am a South African living in the UK). When you sit and every night on BBC news another soldier has been killed in afghanistan, this country feels it, they don't want to be there. They are trying to build a country not break it down. Iraq was a George Bush thing you cannot blame the entire United States on one man just like you cannot base you ideas of Muslems on Osama bin laden. You need to look at the bigger picture and stop blaming the west for everything that happens, as I said, they are only doing what was asked of them by the people of the specific countries.

  • constance.jooste - 2012-09-19 12:47

    My sympathy to all the families who have lost loved ones. May God you the inner strength to get thru this time.

  • linds.ronhouse - 2012-09-19 15:33

    "Syria is a beautiful country- at least I think it is. I say “I think” because while I perceive it to be beautiful, I sometimes wonder if I mistake safety, security and normalcy for ‘beauty’. In so many ways, Damascus is like Baghdad before the war- bustling streets, occasional traffic jams, markets seemingly always full of shoppers… And in so many ways it’s different. The buildings are higher, the streets are generally narrower and there’s a mountain, Qasiyoun, that looms in the distance."

      linds.ronhouse - 2012-09-19 15:36

      This is how an Iraqi woman described Syria in 2007 when she fled Iraq and went to Syria. The foreign sponsored armed struggle against the Syrian government has completely changed a peaceful country into a war zone.

      berlioz78 - 2012-09-19 15:57

      Please can you tell me how you can blame the west for what is happening in Syria ???? They haven't even gone in to help yet, they have no say on what is happening.... How can you explain that hundreds of thousands of innocent Syrian people would stand up and fight against all odds and a massive threat of being killed by their own government??? And then blame the west??? Stop blaming the west for the short comings of the world...

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