Dirco: 7 South Africans detained in China to be released
The group includes 19-year-old Tristan Lee Niemand who was arrested in the country in November for not having a work permit to teach in China.
JOHANNESBURG - The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) says that seven South Africans detained in China on visa irregularities have been released.
The group includes 19-year-old Tristan Lee Niemand, who was arrested in the country in November for not having a work permit to teach in China.
Another eight South Africans who have been arrested will be flown back into the country on Sunday.
Dirco has urged South Africans planning on working abroad to make sure they have the correct visas and travel documents.
Niemand’s mother Stacey-Lee Bridger is ecstatic: “I’ve never cried so much in my life as I did this morning. We were hanging out as a family and she was missing. But now she’s coming back home, and we can all be together.”
At the same time, Niemand’s father Richard Bridger is elated: “I must be honest... a tear or two did run. I cannot be happier, and I’ll have my little girl home for Christmas. My fear was she’ll be there for months on end, but I’m ecstatic. My little girl is coming home.”
As the holiday season rears into full force, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu has appealed to South Africans planning to travel to China and other countries to ensure they have the correct visas and required travel documents.
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