Kabul blast victims' names released

2012-09-19 17:54

Johannesburg - The names of the eight South Africans killed in a suicide bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, have been released by the department of international relations and co-operation.

"The department has consulted with the families of the deceased and hereby releases their names with permission from their families," said spokesperson Nelson Kgwete in a statement on Wednesday.

The victims were:

- Christian Johannes Justus Pretorius, 30, from Pretoria, Gauteng

- Fraser Angus Carey, 31, from Johannesburg, Gauteng

- Brandon Quinn Booth, 47, from Balgowan, KwaZulu-Natal

- Johan Abraham van Huyssteen, 31, from Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

- Johan Frederick Bouchaud, 30, from Johannesburg, Gauteng

- Johannes Judenis Humphries, 65, from Centurion, Gauteng

- Steven Leong, 31, from Johannesburg, Gauteng

- Jenny Margaret Ayris, 46, from Scotland in the United Kingdom

The department was working with the private aviation company that employed the victims and Afghanistan authorities, and was rendering consular assistance to the families.

"This includes arrangements for the repatriation of the mortal remains of the deceased," said Kgwete.

The government expressed its deepest condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of those killed and condemned the use of violence.

"The South African government believes in peaceful means to settle disputes and/or conflicts and we strongly condemn the use of violence, particularly violence targeted at innocent civilians."

  • Desilusionada - 2012-09-19 18:08

    RIP You did what you thought was right and made your families proud.......

      infijar.ken - 2012-09-19 20:09

      Walter, I think you will find that these people were flying for the World Food Programme. Balmoral have projects all over the planet sub-contracted to the WFP. So, if you see the WFP as a inciters of war, death and destruction, then you are right!

      JManAtheoi - 2012-09-20 07:49

      @ Jans.o - you are a sad little human being.

      customdesign - 2012-09-20 08:36

      It's not an illegally occupied country numbnut, they are fighting alongside the Afghan government. Go read the history of the war so you can get an education @jans

  • nikki.peeriyalal - 2012-09-19 18:14

    This is such a tragedy. May the deceased rest in peace. Condolences to the families of the deceased. We need to pray for peace amongst all persons, whether religious or not. This world needs peace and happiness...not more victims!!

  • michele.holmes.1238 - 2012-09-19 18:21

    Hey N24, I made a legitimate comment, no hate speech or anything, how do you find the right to delete my comment?

      pieriewaaier.zooms - 2012-09-19 22:46

      If the deleted comment was in the same vain as your earlier post above re. Islam, then it borders on hate speech and deserve to be deleted.

      darren.raath.5 - 2012-09-24 10:53

      ja,ive also made comments that have been deleted.without hate speech,swear words or any nastiness and it gets deleted. i think they have a bunch of poe$pols editing these messages. maybe theyve employed someone in a BBBEEE position that forgot to get an education that doesnt know what the frak they are doing.

  • sipho.zipi - 2012-09-19 18:23

    What were they doing in that country . Can someone please explain whether they were tourists or what .

      mathilda.williams.1 - 2012-09-19 18:30

      sipho, they were working for a private aviation company in Afghanistan.

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-09-19 18:55

      okonkwo7 and you have the proof to back up that comment?

      aubrey.christie - 2012-09-19 18:57

      They were working to feed their families, not like you and half our population sitting on their asses and living on hand outs from the government.

      mathilda.williams.1 - 2012-09-19 19:04

      @lebeau.harper: To my best knowledge, none of them are mercenaries, or soldiers. These pilots fly charter choppers with supplies, logistics and emergency supplies for various contractors in Afghanistan.

      harold.parsons.37 - 2012-09-19 19:31

      All countries have air charter flights especially if they do not have thier own airlines or poor infrastructure. Balmoral Air are based in Johannesburg. Now you come talk nonesense about mercenaries. You know what you obviuosly no very little about the world outside your shack and how to find an international job. If you did you would be working with them. Go first educate yourself about people working overseas and then ask an adult to guide you while you write a comment.

      boltonbarry - 2012-09-19 19:36

      Lebeau. They were contracted to organizations such as US aid

  • aubrey.christie - 2012-09-19 18:24

    Any person who can perpetrate this kind of atrocity is seriously mentally deranged. All in the name of religon. Can people really stoop so low, and they used a poor women to commit this evil deed. None of you will ever see your virgins in heaven, you will all burn in hell of that you can be certain.

      jane.warrington2 - 2012-09-19 20:55

      There is no heaven and no hell. No virgins waiting - and no god. All so totally pointless. Just idiotic "revenge" by deranged and deluded people.

  • rosiegracebrooks - 2012-09-19 18:25


  • jimmy.theskull.7 - 2012-09-19 18:40

    We should send in our grippens and do some bombing just to tech these bastards a lesson, our people were probably killed cause they were white so they looked like americans. This religion seems to have a huge fanatic following... somthing is very wrong. I lost my faith along time a ago so not ganging up agaist islam.

  • sherry.m.campbell.5 - 2012-09-19 18:45

    People who kill in the name of religion should start with themselves and not take innocent civilians with them. The suicide bomber was a woman the men get 70 odd virgins, she gets to come back as a man.

  • kobus.oosthuizen.58 - 2012-09-19 19:00

    it's sad that low air-time pilots have to expose themselves to this kind of danger in an attempt to follow their passion of flying.

  • kobus.oosthuizen.58 - 2012-09-19 19:04

    i'm a pilot and currently i'm selling cars because there simply isn't work for me. jobs like these in war-torn countries like afghanistan and sudan is par for the course for pilots who one day hope to fly for an airline. it;s the natural progression of the career choice.

  • michelle.svensson.18 - 2012-09-19 19:06

    So sad, people that offers their lives to help other people.

      JohannVKruger - 2012-09-20 06:16

      @bob-jans, The country is not occupied, the international community is assisting and millions of foreign funds are spend to improve living standards and basic infrastructure.

      miquette.caalsen - 2012-09-20 08:54

      jans - You missed your morning coffee didn't you? Catch a wake-up hey! Afghanistan is NOT illegally occupied. Afghanistan gave permission for the US troops to enter their country to hunt for Bin Laden an his minions. Know I hear you already typing "But Bin Laden is dead!" and yes this is true, but the hysterical fanatics he bred isn't dead or chilled out and they still present a VERY clear and present danger. So please get off your high horse before it throws you ...

  • keith.r.aarons - 2012-09-19 19:10

    and RSA gov thought if RSA stay below the radar and not crit Taliban and not support Bush's war on terror RSA citizens will be immune to this, guess what???

      veldt66 - 2012-09-19 19:37

      U won't see a black person being blown up by these resistance fighters!

      christian.denyschen - 2012-09-19 19:48

      why veld is it because they too some "mootie"from the marikana witch doctor just tell them not to kill the rabbit.

  • leko.dada1 - 2012-09-19 19:11

    No comment.

  • leko.dada1 - 2012-09-19 19:12

    No comment.

  • farouk.moolla.7 - 2012-09-19 19:28

    No use commenting. I can see the hate for Islam already. But why are we not getting the facts. What private aviation company was it, what exactly were our South African nationals doing there? How was it that they were at the place of the bombing. How do we know for sure that this was a girl suicide bomber. Mainstream media are run by the elite for the masses so how do we know for sure that they have given us the true account of this story?

      stanton.clarke - 2012-09-19 20:02

      Farouk, almost every war on this planet is taking place between muslims or muslims and some other group. Can you now see why so many people would be quick to hate Islam. Mainstream media feeding us this trash? Yep, if its anti islam then it has to be some conspiracy.

      kobus.oosthuizen.58 - 2012-09-19 20:28

      the pilots were sub-contracted through a South African company called Balmoral, flying cargo for an international courier company. they were on their way to work, trying to earn an honest living and following their passion for flying. you think you are clever, but here are the answers to you questions. satisfied?

  • Gontse Tlhagale - 2012-09-19 19:44

    let their soul RIP

  • FANNYDNA - 2012-09-19 20:25

    R. I. P

  • ash.bakare - 2012-09-19 20:41

    Am a proud Nigerian Living in South Africa. If care is not taking, the little or more hatred between white and black South African could blow up in their face someday. But hope that will not happen cause a lot of other African countries are looking up to South Africa. It will be much better if the whites and the blacks can have a real love for themselves cause it will help them a lot just like it helps the United State of America of today. Secondly, am a Muslim and proud to be a Muslim and forever till i die will always be a Muslim but i STRONGLY condemned the senseless killing of innocent people just in the name of Islam. All these fanatic and extremist claiming to be fighting the course of Islam are only ignorant people who are totally out of the line what Islam is all about.. May the souls of the dead rest in peace.

      bob.slap.5 - 2012-09-20 12:41

      at last some sane words have been spoken

  • farouk.moolla.7 - 2012-09-19 20:47

    @stanton.clarke, Mainstream media told us that the Americans were looking for chemical bombs in Iraq, it turned out that there were no chemical bombs. Did you read or watch all the media about the great 9/11 hoax? Mainstream media played the same clip over and over and never really explained how all this happened. Could you believe that a few ill-equipped Taliban could have pulled this off right in the heart of America? Muslims did not go to war with the West. The West entered into the Middle East first. Most of what we call Muslim countries to not reflect Islam. Islam does not teach suicide bombing, killing women and the aged. Islamic wars have strict rules of engagement. One example is that when you strike your enemy, do not mutilate his body. If one strike of the sword was sufficient to kill the enemy another strike is not allowed....Just my two cents.

      wazza.tiki - 2012-09-20 05:46 you believe that traditional Islam has been hijacked? The Wahhabist and Salafist movements have provided a growing number of extremist sects emerging from the very conservative theology being taught in the mosques (funded in large by the Saudi Wahhbists)around the Sunni world. Islam in essence is a moderate religion, and has in the past come out against such attacks. I dont hear much from the Muslim govts about these attacks...I wish there would be some condemnation but so far Im either missing it or it hasnt happened.

  • ash.bakare - 2012-09-19 20:47

    love yourselves...

  • nicholas.holt.908 - 2012-09-19 21:54

    Just so that you have the facts from a person who actually works here. I donot (like most of the South africans here carry a gun, i in fact carry a medical bag, i work for a company that is trying to restore electricity to some one million people who for the last thirty years have been told it is evil. THe PILOTS killed in this act of babarity, transport food, medicine, post and people around the country, people who help raises and train farmers, teachers, schools hospitals, power grids, sanitation, policemen, lawyers judges, firemen and security guards things that you take for granted back home in south africa. these people, who incidentally are not protected by the military forces, rely on the superb skill and experiences of british, american, serbian, russian, australian and south african expoliceman and exsoldiers to protect them while they carry out their work. They are not the gungho mercenaries of blood diamond or wildgeese or any other holliwood fictional movie you have based this opinion on. We are people who decided to take a huge risk to "get ahead" financially, to create a buffer and options for our families future so as not to have to rely on and burden the governement and other taxpayers for our survival. I hope this helps clarify the situation and address's some of the other non-sensical comments here.

      lorain.maseko - 2012-09-20 09:32

      Nicholas they dont want you there get out.

      Susan - 2012-09-20 10:15

      Thank you for telling every one what they do.. concern mother

  • rudi.linsleynoakes - 2012-09-20 01:31

    Shame it is truly a shame that people become victims of this craziness. My friends father was supposed to be on the van that blew up but was told to get on another... Sad loss of life RIP...

  • Susan - 2012-09-20 09:00

    To you, you know who you are. Think before you do comments. They did not deserved this, they are inoccent. my son work hard to be a pilot.No work in SA for them, no work for these qualified people. They need to work . I thank God for his mercy.. My son work for Balmoral and I Thank God everyday that he is save. It is sad to see your friends and colleague die in front of you. My hart goes out to these families. You out there had no idea what they are going through. My God carry you and keep you in His hands RIP. This is so so sad.Please people stop this ugly comments

      SamGoldberg - 2012-09-20 12:31

      I hear you, Susan. The ignorance on here is astounding. Whilst we mourn those who died we can be thankful for those who happened to be in the other van.

      ali.asgar.58323 - 2012-09-20 13:11

      Unemployment is no excuse to support the occupation of another country.When afghan civilians are killed by american drones almost on a daily basis.When afghan women are raped as they were in Iraq by the occupation soldiers.Against who do you think the rage of their families will be directed against.I know many colleagues who are working there and only one of them is not white.You see black people in this country are use to being unemployed.We make due with the little we have.You dont have to carry a gun to be a mercenary.I would advise anyone working there to come home as the situation will only deteriorate.We dont want more of our countrymen dying for money.Read up a bit.Afghanistan is the graveyard of empires.If you want to do something good,join the U.N.Stop pretending that they are there for the betterment of the Afghan People.

      SamGoldberg - 2012-09-20 21:08

      Ali, unemployment is a great reason to be working in another country. I realise you'd like to make this about race because maybe that's where you're comfortable arguing but this isn't a race issue. These guys did nothing wrong and did not deserve to be murdered.

  • adriana.wooldridge - 2012-09-20 09:05

    I lost a very dear friend in this incident. He was the best man at my wedding, my husband and him were like brothers. It saddens and angers me to see the ignorance of some posts, condemning these poor men and women for working there. They worked there to provide for their families. He had a passion for being an aircraft engineer. He loved his job, he loved the people he worked with. He was supporting his entire family back home. People make tough decisions, decisions that you as outsiders cannot comprehend. Have some sensitivity for those left behind, and try and put yourselves in our shoes. We lost an amazing friend, brother, son, cousin, uncle. RIP Steve.

      nompumelelo.madonda - 2012-09-20 09:48

      I am with you and all the other families of the deceased during this trying time. RIP and may the Almighty be with those you have left behind...

  • ali.asgar.58323 - 2012-09-20 15:17

    So Afghanistan is not occupied.The Afghan Army is working hand in hand with the foreign armies.Would that be the same Afghan army who is turning their guns on the foreign occupying soldiers almost everyday.Can none of you see where all this is going or do you only see the Dollar $IGN$.

  • ali.asgar.58323 - 2012-09-21 15:55

    Dear Sam.Not once have I said that they deserved to die.There are no justification for killing but there is explanation.I am not comfortable with occupation and you shouldnt be either.I am only warning of a much greater catastrophy waiting to happen.I do not want to make this into a racial issue but I need to mention.Whenever a foreign soldier or foreign civilian working for the occupation dies,all these articles appear speaking about the people they left behind,where they were born,which school they attended.Their hobbies.Even the type of dog waiting at home to see his master again.What do the Afghan civilians get for the thousands of dead,killed by drones and night time raids.They get "nato is looking into it",'it is unfortunate casualties of war'Thats it.As if those people have no families who are mourning for them.No children that is orphaned.No wives that are widowed.Did anybody ask what would drive this woman to do something like this or will they just believe the zionist commentary of hatred against Islam.Would you like to see the pictures of Afghan women raped by foreign soldiers.The rape and torture of children?Would that change your perception of occupation?I am not a fan of the Taliban but love them or hate them,They are winning the war and we better get out of their or there will be more South Africans coming back in bodybags.

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