Illegal immigrants to go on trial

2014-05-01 00:00

EIGHT Chinese engineers and one Malawian, all employees of Amalgamated Tobacco Manufacturing in Mkondeni, will go on trial in May, charged as illegal immigrants.

This follows a raid by the Home Affairs on the company’s premises, where they have been working since last year.

The Chinese accused are engineers employed by a company in China, Tianjin Pengbo Engineering Ltd, and were fulfilling a management contract to operate and service equipment at the tobacco factory in Portland Road, Mkondeni.

This was apparently with the blessing of the Department of Trade and Industry and the SA Revenue Services.

The nine will be back in court on May 19 for trial.

Yusuf Kajee, the owner of the company, has previously accused SARS of targeting him in an attempt, he claimed, to curtail his inroads into the highly competitive tobacco industry.

He alleged that officials claiming to belong to SARS had wanted to install video cameras on his premises, had taken photographs of his factory operations, harassed his workers and detained them, and made false allegations about the legitimacy of his imported machines, among other accusations.

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