‘M&G’ publisher furious after being detained at OR Tambo over ID

2012-04-02 00:00

TWITTER was abuzz yesterday after newspaper publisher Trevor Ncube was detained at O.R. Tambo International Airport for close to an hour.

“It’s time South African immigration stopped assuming every black African coming into the country is a desperate criminal,” an angry Ncube tweeted after announcing his detention.

He said he was released with just an apology. Ncube tweeted that he had been detained after immigration officials said there was something wrong with the photograph on his passport.

“… after taking out their own IDs, they realise mine is same as theirs,” he tweeted.

“Sorry too upset to talk now ,” was Ncube’s response when The Witness tried to get a comment from him.

“Sad part of my experience with OR immigration is the three ladies that dealt with me did not appear clear as to what was wrong with my ID. I have been using same SA ID card since 2003 and travel at least three times a month via OR,” he continued to tweet.

The Zimbabwean-born Ncube is the publisher of the Mail&Guardian newspaper.

O.R. Tambo police said they would only be able to get back to The Witness with information today.

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