Tokyo Sexwale still on US terror list

By Drum Digital
28 October 2013

Former Cabinet Minister Tokyo Sexwale has requested the US government to permanently remove his name from its global terror list . Sexwale was detained at JFK International Airport in New York a week ago after officials spotted his name on a terror list.

Former Cabinet Minister Tokyo Sexwale has requested the US government to permanently remove his name from its global terror list. Sexwale was detained at JFK International Airport in New York a week ago after officials spotted his name on a terror list.

The list dates back to the pre-apartheid period when a number of top officials form the ANC were wanted by the old Apartheid government. After a brief discussion with officials, Sexwale was allowed to leave.  Sexwale‘s  lawyer Lesley Makhabela told Eyewitness News that his client was taken by surprise.

“He was embarrassed by it especially because he couldn’t contact me or family while being detained.” Makhabela says he has now written to the US government to permanently remove Sexwale's name from its global terror list. “He was surprised by it because 10 years ago there was assurance that all the names had been removed, but we have corresponded with our ambassador to the United States and we have complained about it.”

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