SA waiting for news from hajj after stampede tragedy

2015-09-25 09:42
Rescue workers attend to victims of a stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia during the annual hajj pilgrimage. (File, AP)

Rescue workers attend to victims of a stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia during the annual hajj pilgrimage. (File, AP)

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Johannesburg - South Africa is awaiting information about its own citizens who were on hajj when a stampede killed more than 700 pilgrims in Saudi Arabia, the Department of International Relations and Co-operation said.

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"Acting President [Cyril] Ramaphosa has expressed South Africa's shared grief at this substantial loss of life," the department said in a statement.

"Acting President Ramaphosa said that for South Africans, the stampede was particularly tragic given its coincidence with Heritage Day, an occasion dedicated to celebrating the diversity of the nation and humanity at large."

At least 717 people were killed in the stampede on Thursday morning and more than 800 hurt.

Ramaphosa sent condolences, on behalf of President Jacob Zuma, the government and the people of South Africa to the families of those who died.

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