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Dutch teens expected in SA this week

The eight were forced to return to the Netherlands for failing to produce unabridged birth certificates.

FILE: On Thursday the eight were forced to return to the Netherlands after being turned away by Swiss airline officials for failing to produce unabridged birth certificates. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A group of Dutch teenagers prevented from boarding a flight to South Africa after failing to comply with new Home Affairs regulations are expected to arrive in the country later this week.

On Thursday the eight were forced to return to the Netherlands after being turned away by Swiss airline officials for failing to produce unabridged birth certificates.

They were allegedly left stranded at the airport for over 12 hours while outstanding documents were collected and sent to Home Affairs in South Africa.

Lara Kruiskamp of youth empowerment organisation the President's Award says the teenagers have secured a new flight and will resume their humanitarian trip this week.

"They managed to get a flight on Kenya Airways on Thursday and managed to extend their leaving ticket by two days. We can't wait to give them a warm hearty South African welcome and let them know they really are welcome here."

The Home Affairs Department meanwhile says it believes its new visa laws for child travel are uncomplicated and should be adhered to.

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