Illegal Chinese immigrants to seek bail

2012-08-30 00:00

SIX Chinese nationals who admit they entered South Africa illegally have been granted leave by the high court to apply for bail in the New Hanover Magistrate’s Court tomorrow pending a decision by the minister of Home Affairs whether to deport them.

The urgent court order was granted in chambers yesterday by Judge Kate Pillay. All six were detained by immigration officials on August 14.

The three men — Chen Wu (22), Qui Gui He (29), and Ming Hui Xu (30) — and three women, Xia Ping He (25), Cai Lin Pan (27) and Xiao Chan Gou (30), are all employed at Shopline Store in Dalton.

Each of them describe in their affidavits how they illegally entered South Africa to find jobs, crossing into the country from Lesotho and Zimbabwe and even walking out of O.R. Tambo International Airport while waiting for a connecting flight to Zambia.

They claim they were not able to establish the reasons for their detention and allege that their constitutional rights have been infringed in various ways. They say they were born in Fu Jian in the People’s Republic of China.

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