Dirco to assist South Africans travelling abroad

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Department of International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu says her department will embark on an awareness campaign to help South Africans who want to travel abroad.

She was reacting over the arrest of 51 students who went to teach in China.

The group used a travel agency to get their visas, but they were arrested for having student instead of work visas.

The young South Africans were recruited by an agency to go and teach English in China.

The students have now been released and the first group will come back home on Monday.

Sisulu’s urged South Africans to use her department’s services when travelling abroad.

Sisulu’s spokesperson, Ndivuyo Mabaya says they travelled to China about four months ago.

“It was arranged by a certain agency for them to go and teach English. But they did not have the correct visas. So they were teaching using students visas, but they needed workers’ visas. So the Chinese authority confiscated their passports. So they’re there without passports, and they’re no longer teaching. So what the government is doing, is to facilitate for their passports to be returned, and for them to come back to South Africa.”

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