‘I cannot be sent from SA’

2009-08-21 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Health Department will not intervene in a dispute between its communications head, Leon Mbangwa and the department of Home Affairs and will await the outcome of today’s high court application in which Mbangwa is allegedly seeking an interdict to prevent him being deported to Zimbabwe.

According to a Durban newspaper report yesterday, the Home Affairs Department allegedly wrote to Mbangwa last month telling him he does not qualify for South African citizenship and ordering him to return to his country of origin by August 31.

He is expected to lodge an urgent application in the high court today to stop Home Affairs from having him arrested and deported, saying if that happens he will suffer irreparable harm.

Mbangwa, once an Mkhonto weSizwe activist, alleges that discrepancies in his documentation are due to the fact that he re-entered South Africa with other exiles with faulty documentation, and that he had tried to rectify various inaccuracies that emerged.

In 2002, Mbangwa was arrested and charged for identity fraud, to which he pleaded guilty.

He served a term in prison.

Since 2004, he has tried to obtain SA citizenship.

The issue of his fraud conviction was raised by the Inkatha Freedom Party in February this year when they attacked Mbangwa’s credentials.

The Health department, however, stood by him and was quoted as saying he had made a full disclosure of all the facts to the department.

Although The Witness was unable to contact Mbangwa himself yesterday and he did not respond to a message left on his cellphone, MEC for Health in KZN Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo said he was aware of a letter having been sent to Mbangwa by the Department of Home Affairs.

“He [Mbangwa] did not personally tell me,” he added.

“I am still waiting to hear from him about the letter and its implications … and about the court case, so this is also news to me,” Dhlomo told The Witness.

Dhlomo declared that his department will abide by whatever ruling is deemed just by the court.


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