SA woman detained by Israeli authorities released

Leigh-Ann Naidoo was part of a group that challenged the Israeli blockade on Gaza.

A YouTube screengrab shows Leigh-Ann Naidoo, a volleyball champion and human rights activist.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of International Relations has confirmed that a South African woman who was part of a group of activists detained by Israeli authorities has been released.

Leigh-Ann Naidoo, a volleyball champion and human rights activist, was on board a vessel with several women from all over the world to challenge the Israeli blockade on Gaza when they were intercepted by the Israeli navy this week.

International relations spokesperson Nelson Kgwete says more information on Naidoos detention and the conditions of her release will be divulged when she arrives back home tomorrow.

She has been released through the intervention of South African Embassy in Tel Aviv. She is returning to South Africa tomorrow and is expected to land at OR Tambo International Airport in the afternoon.

In a video posted on YouTube, Naidoo had said if this video is published they have been intercepted and kidnapped by Israeli occupation forces.