International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu is to intervene on behalf of a group of young South African teachers who’re stranded in China, after Beijing authorities said they had the wrong visas.

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.”