Delay in repatriation of SA bodies

2012-09-24 10:19

Johannesburg - The process of repatriating the remains of eight South Africans killed in a suicide bombing attack in Kabul, Afghanistan last week, is expected to take another three weeks, it was reported on Monday.

ACS/Balmoral spokesperson Chantal van Wyk said the firm, where all eight worked, was working hard to expedite the process, Beeld reported.

"There is, however, an administrative process that has to be concluded in Afghanistan, and this could take another 14 days. After that it'll take another few days to transport the remains to South Africa," she said.

She declined to comment on post-mortems and DNA tests, and said these processes were in the hands of the company's representative in Afghanistan.

"We're in contact with the families every day... it's a very difficult time for them, but they're hanging in there."

Twelve people died on Tuesday when a suicide bomber drove into a minibus transporting the South Africans to the airport.

  • ken.rowe.509 - 2012-09-24 10:25

    Condolences to the families and friends. May God be with you at this sad time.

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-09-24 10:56


  • Tony Lapson - 2012-09-24 11:09

    Very sad. Why don't they demand that the bodies be released for immediate burial? This is an Islamic country.... They would expect the same of their dead.

  • renard.souza - 2012-09-24 12:34

    Agreed Tony, these families just want to put to rest those they love so much. Once again our government is loving the back seat!

      boltonbarry - 2012-09-24 14:09

      This has got nothing to do with our government taking a back seat. Tony immediate burials only count if your are a Muslim

      Mandy Casey - 2012-09-24 16:21

      Who says their faith is not, many Muslims in ZA.

  • Luba Mayekiso - 2012-09-24 14:04

    What could possibly take so long? Being a predominantly Islamic country the authorities are familiar with the need to release the mortal remains for burial. SA is too lax in dealing with this and supporting the families

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