The travel documents were returned late on Thursday to the two women who work for the Committee to Protect Journalists in Africa (CPJ), a USA-based civil society organisation which fights for media rights for journalists worldwide.
“The High Commissioner of South Africa in Tanzania, Mr Thami Mseleku, has informed the South African Minister of International Relations, Lindiwe Sisulu, that passports of a South African journalist and that of her Kenyan colleague have been returned,” the ministry of international relations and cooperation said on Thursday.
The ministry announced on Thursday that Quintal and Mumo were released following their overnight detention by the police on Wednesday.
“The minister thanked High Commissioner Mseleku, the team at the ministry’s 24-hour call centre, and diplomats from Kenya and Tanzania for resolving the matter speedily."
Mseleku, according to the ministry, has been instructed by Sisulu to gather all facts around their detention and report to Pretoria by Friday.