SA victims of Qatar fire buried

2012-05-29 17:43

Johannesburg - Two expatriate South Africans killed in a fire at an upmarket shopping centre in Doha, Qatar, were buried on Tuesday afternoon, the international relations department said.

"I can confirm that the two South Africans were laid to rest at 16:00 Qatar time, so that is 15:00 South African time, in Doha," said spokesperson Nelson Kgwete.

Earlier, Kgwete confirmed that the two South Africans were a 28-year-old female teacher, who worked at the mall's daycare centre, and an 18-month-old toddler who attended the centre.

"The South African embassy in Doha is in touch with families of the deceased and is rendering consular assistance to them," he said in a statement.

"The government would like to express its heartfelt condolences to the government and people of Qatar, and especially the families of the deceased."

The Star newspaper named the dead woman as Shameega Charles and the child as Umar Emeran.

Associated Press reported that the fire broke out in a crèche at the Villaggio Mall. Thirteen children were among those killed.

  • yolande.young - 2012-05-29 20:33

    To the families of the departed: No words can make this any better. However, believe me that we are mourning and crying with you. Your loss is felt by people around the world.

  • Fawzia - 2012-05-29 21:15

    May the Mercy of Allaah (in Arabic) God (in english) cacoon them forever.

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