Mozambique tourists

(Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP)

Breaking: Body found in search for four SA tourists in Mozambique

The body of a South African holidaymaker has been discovered in Mozambique this afternoon, with three fellow travellers still lost at sea.

Mozambique tourists

(Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP)

It’s been revealed that a body recovered from the Indian Ocean is of one of the four missing South African tourists in Mozambique. During an outing when they went swimming at the Portuguese Islands, the group members were overpowered by a wave and dragged out into the sea.

Missing SA tourists in Mozambique – latest news:

Speaking to eNCA, Kabelo Matsepe – a relative of one of the young adults in the party – told the broadcaster that a body had been pulled from the sea on Thursday afternoon. Three of the visitors still remain missing.

Two women from Groblersdal, and two men from Bloemfontein and Secunda respectively made their way to the Portuguese Islands on the coast for a birthday celebration, before it all ended in tragedy.

Four other friends were successfully rescued from the riptide, after a co-ordinated response from the Mozambique Navy. As it stands, the missing trio are presumed dead by the local authorities, who valiantly continue the search to return them to land.

Government efforts to help find tourists

It’s also been reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa is also in contact with the government of Mozambique in order to co-operate with the search efforts in anyway possible. A delegation of ANC representatives from Limpopo have been sent across to the coast in order to support the families and the remaining friends. Elsewhere, Dirco issued the following statement:

“South Africa’s High Commissioner to Mozambique, Mandisi Mphahlwa and staff at the Mission is working to assist the families and to offer all necessary consular services.DIRCO is in constant communication with the High Commissioner as the search and rescue continues.”


The department is also in contact with the Premier’s office in Limpopo, the families and all other stakeholders.