Home affairs slams illegal deportation of Botswana man

Edwin Samotse was handed over to Botswana police despite a High Court ruling that he could not be extradited.

FILE: Edwin Samotse was handed over to Botswana police despite a High Court ruling that he could not be extradited. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Home Affairs says the two officials who illegally deported a man to Botswana where he was wanted on murder charges, knew they should not have sent him there without first receiving an assurance he wouldn't face the death penalty.

The department confirmed yesterday that Edwin Samotse was handed over to Botswana police despite a High Court ruling that he could not be extradited.

The Constitutional Court has ruled twice that foreign nationals cannot be extradited to their home countries if there is a danger they'll face the death penalty.

The department's Mayihlome Tshwete said, "We have documents that prove where we stand on the matter."