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Gift of the Givers celebrate the release of SA detainees in China

Diplomatic agreement reached and the remaining South Africans will be deported within 72 hours.

FILE: Gift of the Givers’ Imtiaz Sooliman says they are celebrating the news.  Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Humanitarian organisation, the Gift of the Givers, says it's relieved that all 10 South Africans who were arrested in China exactly a week ago are being set free.

Eyewitness News revealed today that a diplomatic agreement has been reached and the remaining five South Africans will be deported within 72 hours.

The other five are arriving home today.

Gift of the Givers' Imtiaz Sooliman says they are celebrating the news.

"When you get locked up for no reason, it breaks your morale, your spirit, your faith in humanity and in the country. The fact that they can be released and that our government played its part makes me extremely happy."

The family of four of the South Africans held in China has thanked all those who supported them in what they describe as their "hour of need".

Aside from the strong diplomatic relationship South Africa has with China, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was in China when news of the arrests broke and was able to intervene.

"VICTORY FOR DIPLOMACY"

The release of all 10 South Africans arrested in China has been described as a "victory for diplomacy".

International relations minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has told EWN she's pleased this story has a happy ending.

"What confirms the strengths of your bilateral relations is overcoming hindrances like this one."

Sooliman says his organisation is still worried about those remaining behind in China.

"My concern is for the other four people, the three British and the one Indian. I hope they can get them out too."

It's hoped those arriving home will be able to shed light on exactly what happened.

SIX BRITAIN CITIZENS ARRIVED HOME

The first six people arrested in China returned to Britain yesterday.

The six arrived in London after being detained along with 10 South Africans in Inner Mongolia, China, on Friday.

The group appeared to have been accused of watching propaganda videos or being linked to terror organisations.

The claims were dismissed by their families.