On Thursday, the Department of International Relations and Co-operation said it was doing everything it could to ensure the safe return of 51 South Africans stranded in China after finding themselves embroiled in a visa scam. The department’s minister Lindiwe Sisulu said Police Minister Bheki Cele and Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba had all been roped in to assist in the investigations. "Our embassy in Beijing is liaising with the Chinese authorities in addressing this matter. We are also in touch with the Chinese ambassador to SA to have their passports released. The Chinese ambassador to SA has made an undertaking that he will expedite the matter‚" Sisulu said in a statement. Her office said the group had been 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 on arrival in the country, which never materialised. While in China on study visas they started working‚ which was in ...

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