Thu, 20 Jun 2019

Teenager Tristan-Lee Niemand and another six South Africans have been released from prison in China and will be deported to South Africa, the Department of International Relations (Dirco) said on Tuesday.

"The South African mission in Shanghai has informed the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu that the seven South African nationals in Jiangsu province have completed their detention period and will be released and deported back to South Africa," department spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya said.

The 19-year-old's plight was brought to Dirco's attention when her parents launched a public appeal for her release.

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He said Sisulu appealed to South Africans planning to travel to China and other countries to ensure they have the correct visas and required travel documents.

"I am happy that the ordeal is over for the families, again we urge our young people to make sure they have correct documents and to contact the embassies to verify any information they receive from recruitment agencies," Sisulu said.

South African diplomats in China will continue to liaise with the schools and local authorities to ensure arrangements for their travel are finalised, Mabaya said.

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