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First On EWN: China arrests: All South Africans to return home

EWN has received confirmation that all 10 South Africans arrested in China are coming home.

Ordos Ejin Horo Airport in Inner Mongolia. Picture: Mongolia Tourism.

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News has just received confirmation that all 10 South Africans arrested in China are coming home.

This week, Eyewitness News revealed that a group of people, including the South Africans, were detained on terror-related charges, which in turn have been described as 'bizarre'.

Twenty people, including British and Indian nationals, were arrested in that country exactly a week ago.

There were also allegations that the group watched propaganda films in their hotel rooms and were accused of also having links to a terror group.

Their families and humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers dismissed this, saying there had been a misunderstanding.

The tourists were apparently watching documentaries of Genghis Khan as part of their education to tour Inner Mongolia.

Five of the 10 South Africans were set free and are expected to land in the country shortly.

Minister of International Relations Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has told EWN a diplomatic deal has been brokered and the remaining five are also being allowed to leave.

"The remaining five who still couldn't make it back home will be released in the next coming 72 hours and we're happy that we've been able to find an amicable diplomatic solution to this challenge."

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was in China on an official visit and took up the case with his counterparts in that county.