80 foreigners held in document blitz

2013-05-22 14:32

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Cape Town - Around 80 foreigners, including an Australian tourist, were detained on Wednesday for not having their documents on them.

Michael Camacho, an Australian tourist, was arrested while shopping for curios in Hout Bay, the Cape Argus reported.

"I was really flabbergasted, I didn’t know that carrying your passport was a requirement," his brother-in-law, Oliver Potgieter, told John Maytham on Cape Talk.

Camacho was held at Caledon Square for around two hours.

Around 20 friends and relatives from across Africa waited outside the Cape Town police station for their loved ones.

They told the Argus that police arrested people without asylum-seeker papers during a raid.

Gesel Mpeta said she waited for almost four hours for her husband after being detained for two hours herself. She told the Argus she didn’t know they needed their papers on them at all times.

The raid was a joint operation between the police, department of home affairs and law enforcement, Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut told the Argus.

"Some of the people are still there, there were about 80 arrests. It was carried out throughout the city and we have these operations on a regular basis."
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