The South African government will "ensure" that the body of murdered Pierre Korkie will be brought home following reports of his death today.
Korkie died alongside fellow hostage Luke Somers during a rescue attempt by US special forces in Yemen.
Nelson Kgwete, a spokesman for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation for the Republic of South Africa, said: "We have been informed that the American special forces are now in possession of Mr Korkie's body.
"We will arrange with them and the government of Yemen to ensure that we repatriate Pierre's remains to South Africa."
South Africans have congregated at Nelson Mandela memorial sites to mark the first anniversary of the former president's death.
Murdered South African captain Senzo Meyiwa has been nominated for the African Player of the Year award.
The Orlando Pirates captain was shot by burglars at his girlfriend's house last month, dying of his injuries.
Meyiwa was highly-regarded by his team-mates and coaches before his death.
He joins the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor and Yaya Toure on the list of 20 nominees.
Tens of thousands of mourning football fans have filled Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium to pay tribute to murdered South African football captain Senzo Meyiwa at his funeral service.
Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar has expressed his sadness over the death of South Africa captain Senzo Meyiwa.
The 27-year-old Orlando Pirates goalkeeper was shot dead on Sunday by burglars.
Former South Africa international Pienaar said in a statement: "First of all, I want to express my sincere sympathy to Senzo’s family and friends at this very sad time. To lose your life at a young age when you have so much ahead of you is tragic and very difficult to understand. Senzo was a very talented goalkeeper who was well liked by team-mates and opponents alike. Our nation has lost a popular sportsman and he will be sadly missed."
State prosecutors in South Africa will appeal the culpable homicide conviction and five-year sentence Olympic and Paralympic track athlete Oscar Pistorius, the National Prosecuting Authority has announced.
NPA spokesman Nathi Mncube made the announcement on his Twitter feed earlier.
Oscar Pistorius judgement , NPA will be appealing both the conviction and sentence
South African prosecutors have said that they will appeal the verdict and sentence in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial.
Former Olympic athlete Pistorius was found guilty of manslaughter over the killing for his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year and sentenced to five years imprisonment.
South Africa's minister of sport and recreation Fikile Mbalula has described Senzo Meyiwa as 'a legend in the making'.
The Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper was shot dead by burglars at his girlfriend's house on Sunday.
"We would like to convey our heartfelt condolences to Senzo Meyiwa's family, his club, Orlando Pirates, the nation and the entire football and sporting fraternity," Mbalula said.
"The death of Senzo Meyiwa has robbed this country of an icon and a legend in the making."
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