News | One South African remains in Kabul, 35 have left on various evacuation flights – Dirco

Only one registered South African remains in Kabul, according to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco).

In a statement on Thursday morning, the department said 35 South Africans had been helped to leave Kabul on various evacuation flights.

“The one remaining South African is working in Kabul and will remain there for the foreseeable future,” it added.

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“It should be noted that there could be other South Africans remaining in Afghanistan, but these would be individuals who have not registered their presence with the South African High Commission in Islamabad (Pakistan) or with Dirco HQ in Pretoria.”

News24 earlier reported that Dirco said it would not be able to take in Afghan refugees who were fleeing after the Taliban took control of the country.

It said it noted overtures to consider receiving a number of Afghan nationals who sought refuge in Pakistan.

But it added: “The request is that they be accommodated in South Africa en route to their final destinations. The South African government is unfortunately not in a position to accommodate such a request. South Africa is already home to a substantial number of refugees and is seized with addressing their needs.”

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