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10 South Africans arrested in China

Details about the arrests are not yet clear as authorities work to establish the facts.

FILE: The Chinese flag. Picture: freeimages.com

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News has confirmed that 10 South Africans have been arrested and are currently being detained in China.

JUST IN: #EWN confirms 10 South Africans have been arrested in China. Currently being detained.

Details about the arrests are not yet clear but the Department of International Relations says it's working with local authorities to establish the facts and to support the families of those being held.

The department's spokesperson Nelson Kgwete says "At the moment we're going to take advice from our embassy in Beijing on what the nature of the charges are and what the next steps would be."

#ChinaArrests Dirco says SA govt was notified on Sunday about the arrests. Now working to secure more information / assist families.

It's understood the South Africans were taken into custody while travelling on a local flight to inner Mongolia and are part of a wider group including UK citizens.