S A nurse to be returned home

A Cape Town nurse who was detained in Saudi Arabia will soon be brought back home, the Department of Foreign Affairs said yesterday.

A Cape Town nurse who was detained in Saudi Arabia will soon be brought back home, the Department of Foreign Affairs said yesterday.

Dannelene Noach, 54, reportedly went missing in November last year from a hospital in Riyadh.

Spokesman Ronnie Mamoepa said the department was aware of the situation. "In this regard, the South African Embassy in Riyadh is rendering consular support to the nurse in Saudi Arabia," he said.

Mamoepa said the Foreign Affairs Consular Section in Pretoria was in contact with Noach's family through their attorney.

"The South African Diplomatic Mission in Riyadh is working with the Saudi authorities and her employer to facilitate the nurse's return to South Africa as soon as is possible," said Mamoepa.

The Cape Argus newspaper reported yesterday that Noach was expected home next week after spending three months in a Saudi Arabian prison.

Noach had been working at the King Abdul Aziz Medical City military hospital when she "disappeared" in November, the daily newspaper reported.

It was found that she had been held by Saudi Arabian officials and refused access to legal counsel.

Speaking to the newspaper, Noach's daughter Lee-Ann Noach-Pienaar said the news that her mother would be released was the "greatest relief".

"We're just waiting for a flight number and time," she said.

Meanwhile, the process of repatriating the body of a South African who was killed in Iraq is being finalised, said Mamoepa. - Sapa

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