51 South Africans Arrested In China – Visa Scam
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51 South Africans Arrested In China – Visa Scam


South Africa’s Department of International
Relations and Cooperation is working with the Chinese authorities to help dozens of
young South Africans who are stranded in China due to a visa scam. A statement released by the Minister of International
Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu, indicated that she is aware of some South
African citizens who are stranded in China as a result of the visa scam, and she has
instructed the department to work with the Chinese authorities to have their passports
released so that they can come back to South Africa as soon as possible. According to the South African Embassy in
Beijing, 51 young South Africans were enticed by an agent to travel to China on a study
visa while planning to work as English teachers. The promise was that they would get their
work visas upon arrival in the country, but this never materialised. While in China on study visas, they started
working which was in contravention of the immigration laws of the Republic of China. “Our embassy in Beijing is liaising with
the Chinese authorities in addressing this matter. We are also in touch with the Chinese Ambassador
to South Africa to have their passports released. Meanwhile, the Chinese Ambassador to South
Africa has made an undertaking that he will expedite the matter,” said Sisulu. “We are very much aware that the Chinese
authorities will follow their own legal process when such a violation occurs and deal with
the matter accordingly,” added Sisulu. “We appeal to all South Africans to be cautious
of these scams and to check with the relevant authorities before travelling to other countries. The Department of International Relations
and Cooperation will continue to provide consular assistance to those South Africans in distress,
and also to keep those affected families informed of the latest developments,” said Sisulu. Sisulu also plans to engage the ministers
of police and home affairs about the scams, so that the individuals involved are taken
to task. It is a priority of the minister that all
51 currently stranded young South Africans in China return home as soon as possible. Thanks for watching. Please comment, like, share and subscribe.

One Comment

  • Sidi Sidi

    Yeah while Africans are held in custody for piety things like teaching children’s English or playing with them , in Africa China has police stations being put in place …… China africa cooperation so beautiful

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