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SA China detainees reunited with their families

All 10 South Africans who were detained in China are back on home soil.

Twenty people, including South African, British and Indian nationals, were arrested in China. Picture: freeimages.com.

JOHANNESBURG - All 10 South Africans who were detained in China are back on home soil and have been reunited with their families.

Eyewitness News revealed last week that 10 South Africans had been detained in Inner Mongolia on suspicion of watching propaganda videos.

Twenty people, including British and Indian nationals, were arrested.

The first group of South Africans arrived on Friday.

Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub - whose relatives were among the detainees in China - has confirmed that the last group arrived on Saturday night.

He says they are traumatised but relieved to be home.

The group were suspected of having terrorist links and watching propaganda videos in their hotel rooms when Chinese authorities arrested them at the airport.

But Joosub says they were detained with little information of why or when they would be released.

"It was a horrifying experience for them but they managed to stay mentally strong."

Vodacom's CEO added that the arrests were a massive misunderstanding over a documentary they watched.

"It was on the life of the Genghis Khan so they were in the area and to visit the mausoleum of Genghis Khan as they were travelling through ancient Russia."

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