No reports yet of South African casualties in Nice - Dirco

2016-07-15 12:36
Flowers were laid at the site where a truck drove into a crowd watching a fireworks display on the Promenade des Anglais seafront in the French Riviera town of Nice on Thursday. (AFP)

Flowers were laid at the site where a truck drove into a crowd watching a fireworks display on the Promenade des Anglais seafront in the French Riviera town of Nice on Thursday. (AFP)

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Cape Town - There have been no confirmed reports yet of South Africans killed or injured by a truck that barrelled through Bastille Day celebrations in Nice, according to the Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco) on Friday.

On Friday morning, department spokesperson Clayson Monyela said on Twitter: "According to Crisis Centre in #NiceFrance, no South Africans reported dead or injured thus far. SA embassy continues to monitor situation."

The South African government has strongly condemned the "cowardly terrorist attacks" on Nice, France on Thursday.

The attack claimed more than 80 lives.

President Jacob Zuma released a statement via Dirco on Friday morning in which he extended heartfelt condolences to President Francois Hollande‚ the government and the people of France‚ in particular the families of the deceased and injured "on behalf of the government and the people of South Africa".

"South Africa shares in the grief of the French people and wishes the injured survivors a speedy recovery. Terrorism in any form and from whichever quarter cannot be condoned.

"South Africa stands firmly with the international community in condemning all forms of terrorism and stands in solidarity with the government of the Republic of France as they mourn the death of their citizens."

Dirco said South Africans requiring assistance can phone 012 351 1000 or contact the South African Embassy in Paris.

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