International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Dr. Naledi Pandor, has welcomed back home the remaining group of South Africans who were evacuated from conflict-stricken Sudan.
Speaking at OR Tambo International Airport on Sunday, the Minister expressed delight at the return of the citizens.
“We thought that it is important that the people of South Africa see that all the nationals of South Africa that had indicated that they wish to return home are back home.
“We just want South Africa to be assured because all of us have been waiting for you to come back. We’re absolutely happy that you were able to return home safely,” said the Minister.
South African citizens were stranded in Sudan after the unrest began two weeks ago. The government worked closely with neighbouring countries to ensure the safe return of citizens.
A total 53 individuals arrived on a flight back to South Africa early on Sunday, while another group of 10 South Africans had returned home on Saturday.
Part of the total number of people who returned safely in the country include a Lesotho national and a Zimbabwean national who were both on board the flight from Sudan.
Minister Pandor was accompanied by the Home Affairs Minister, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi and Thandi Modise, Defence and Military Veterans Minister.