Cape Town – The last South African who is still stuck in Sudan and wants to leave the conflict-ridden country is reportedly set to arrive back home this week.
Chairperson and founder of Gift of the Givers, Dr Imtiaz Sooliman identified the South African as Deon du Toit, Times Live reported.
“Deon arrived at 3am in Port Sudan today (Sunday). It’s a long journey. Together with some friends he is safely in Port Sudan and accommodated by some friends.
“Deon has been cleared to travel on that ship and if things go well — because they do change in a war situation — he should be in Jeddah late tomorrow afternoon. He should be able to be received by the consulate office and Saudi Arabian authorities and he should then fly to South Africa either tomorrow or Tuesday, depending on flight availability,” the report quoted Sooliman as saying.
Du Toit should be home either on Tuesday or most likely on Wednesday, he said.
This comes just a few days after the return of 22 South Africans who were stuck on a cargo ship in Egypt since fleeing Sudan.
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According to EWN, Du Toit, was not part of this crew.
Gift of the Givers spokesperson Ali Sablay said he hoped all those who were still stuck in Sudan could be evacuated safely, the report said.
“There are many people from other countries trapped at the moment in Sudan. We wish their countries can speedily bring them back home,” the report quoted Sablay as saying.
Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed concern over the unfolding crisis in Sudan this weekend, and called for peace.
“We call upon the warring armed forces to put down their weapons for the sake of preserving human life, and to begin dialogue and negotiations without delay.
“We further call on the Sudanese authorities to swiftly work towards the restoration of civilian-led government in line with the Political Framework Agreement signed in December last year,” Ramaphosa said while speaking in Bunjumbura, Burundi, where he was participating in the 11th High Level Segment of the Regional Oversight Mechanism (ROM) of the Peace, Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework for the DRC and the Great Lakes region.
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Compiled by Betha Madhomu