South Africans begin arriving home from Chad after French rescue

Other News Materials 6 February 2008 18:45 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa ) - Five South Africans evacuated from Chad arrived home in South Africa Wednesday with another four expected to follow Thursday, the Department of Foreign Affairs in Pretoria said.

The five were airlifted from Chad to Gabon on Monday night by French authorities after rebels attacked the capital N'Djamena. From there they arrived in Johannesburg Wednesday morning.

Four more were expected home Thursday after being among the around 1,500 foreign nationals airlifted to Libreville, Gabon, by the French. Three South Africans remain in N'Djamena, according to the foreign affairs department.