Passports of stranded 51 South Africans in China released

The teachers are set to return to South Africa.
The teachers are set to return to South Africa.
Image: Facebook/Our Abandoned Kids In China

Chinese authorities have told the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) that passports confiscated from 51 young South Africans who were scammed in Changchun were released on Monday.

They will now be able return to South Africa.

“I am happy that this incident has been resolved. l want to make a call to all South Africans that they must familiarise themselves with the laws and regulations of countries they visit or apply for work. They must also ensure that they have the correct documentation before they travel‚” said Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu.

The group were kept in China pending a court case against a Chinese agent who allegedly lured them to the foreign country with a promise of lucrative teaching jobs. He‚ however‚ allegedly did not disclose to the group the type of qualifications they needed and instead assisted them to get student visas - despite the fact that they were going to be working in China.

Sisulu said that Dirco would launch a campaign in few weeks to raise awareness of all South African travellers‚ titled “Travel Smart”. The campaign is aimed at encouraging South Africans to research their destinations and the laws of the countries they seek to visit or apply for work.

“We have too many South Africans in prisons across the world‚ which is of concern. We want South Africans to research and gather all necessary information before they travel‚ so as to avoid taking risks and involving themselves in activities that may be deemed illegal‚” she added.

An official from the South African embassy in Beijing will travel to Changchun on Monday to provide consular assistance to the group.


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