Krejcir didn’t enter country illegally – home affairs

2013-11-29 13:26

The home affairs department has denied claims that Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir entered the country illegally.

Krejcir entered South Africa on a Seychelles passport on a visitor’s permit, Director-General Mkuseli Apleni said in a statement today.

“While in the country, he applied for an asylum seeker’s permit and ... we do not have a right to just simply say we do not want to consider your case,” he said.

“We are considering his case which is with the Refugee Appeals Board. Once the decision is taken, it can either say you are granted refugee status or you are declined and then you will be deported.

“But it does not mean that when you come with a visitor’s permit you must engage in illegal activities like crime.

“Once you do that, we will deal with you as we are dealing with a South African. Because when I commit a crime as a South African, I am subjected to the laws of the country,” Apleni said.

The statement is a transcript of a media briefing Apleni held in Pretoria yesterday.

Krejcir’s extradition hearing is set to resume on December 6.

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