The bodies of four South Africans who drowned in Mozambique while on holiday have been brought back to South Africa on Tuesday.
The four friends went missing at sea while swimming.
The families’ spokesperson Bongani Diako says:
“The past eight days were a painful experience of uncertainty and sadness for the four affected families and many of our fellow South Africans,”
He said on arrival, each of the bodies would be taken to the province where their family resided and where their funeral services would take place.
“We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the search and rescue teams, all the authorities and the people of Mozambique for their important role in the search for the bodies of our beloved. Our special gratitude to the residents of the area around Makaneta, where the bodies were separately discovered, for remaining on the watch and alerting the authorities on time,” Diako said.
Five members of the group reportedly went swimming, but were swept away from shore by a strong current.
One managed to make it back to shore, but the other four – two men and two women – were missing.