No South Africans injured in deadly crane collapse - Dirco

2015-09-12 16:30
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Cape Town - The South African Consulate in Jeddah is monitoring the situation in Mecca for South African casualties after a crane collapse killed more than 100 people at the Grand Mosque, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) said on Saturday.

"Thus far, no reports have been received of any South African citizens affected by the accident," spokesperson Nelson Kgwete said.

At least 107 people died when the crane toppled into a courtyard of the mosque during extremely high winds on Friday.

Hundreds of thousands of Muslims from around the world had already arrived for the hajj, which is expected to start on September 21.

President Jacob Zuma also extended his condolences to the people of Saudi Arabia.

"Our prayers go out to the families and friends of the deceased and we wish those injured in the accident, a speedy recovery," he said.

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