SA verifying if South African killed in Uganda plane crash

Monday, March 9, 2009

Pretoria - The South African government is in the process of trying to establish if a South African was among the seven people killed in a plane crash in Uganda on Monday.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said media reports indicated that one South African citizen was among those killed, but was still in the process of verifying this information.

In this regard, the government, through its High Commission in Uganda, is in the process of verifying whether indeed the deceased is a South Africa national, the department said in a statement.

"If this proves to be indeed the case the South African Government will render the normal consular services through its High Commission in Kampala," the DFA said.

Speaking to BuaNews, departmental spokesperson Nomfanelo Kota highlighted that the process of verification of the plane crash victim could take as long as 48 hours.

Positive identification of the body is necessary and the repatriation of the remains will follow, Ms Kota said.

The department is waiting for a response back from the South African High Commission in Kampala.