Pretoria, South Africa (ADV) – South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said she is gratified following the release of South African journalist Angela Quintal and her Kenyan colleague Muthoki Mumo, who were detained by law enforcement in Tanzania.
“We are happy that this matter has been resolved, the two journalists have their passports and they can travel today,” said Sisulu.
The two staffers were detained in -Dar es Salaam hotel room last night by officers who identified themselves as working with the Tanzanian immigration authority according to Quintal.
Today the High Commissioner of South Africa in Tanzania, Mr Thami Mseleku informed the Minister of International Relations, Lindiwe Sisulu that passports of a South African journalist and that of her Kenyan colleague have been returned.
However, High Commissioner Mseleku has been instructed by the Minister Sisulu to gather all facts around their detention and report to Pretoria by end of the day.
According to reports, meetings were held with the Tanzanian authorities this morning and the High Commissioner indicated that the two journalists are now free to leave Tanzania.
The Minister also thanked High Commissioner Mseleku, the team at the DIRCO 24 hour Call Centre diplomats from Kenya and Tanzania for resolving the matter speedily.
The Minister added that South Africans traveling abroad should make sure they know the number of the DIRCO 24 hour Call Centre (0123511000) and the addresses of the South African embassies in all countries where the country is represented.
© Bur-csa – A.H – N.A / From our regional correspondent Mkhululi Chimoio – African Daily Voice (ADV)