Shange relieved to be back in SA

2013-07-15 23:29

Johannesburg - Swedish-born Wasp member Liv Shange expressed relief on Monday for being allowed back into South Africa on a tourist permit after being refused entry in June.

"It's strange and different to what I was told on 20 June," the mother of three said in a telephone interview with Sapa.

"Them allowing me back is quite a turn... but I am relieved and happy that my children can go back to school on time."

Shange arrived back on Sunday ahead of the new school term.

She is a member of the Democratic Socialist Movement and the Workers' and Socialist Party (Wasp), and got married to South African Xolani Shange in December 2004.

Shange and her children visited her parents in Sweden in June during the school holiday. They were meant to return on 14 July.

But when she attempted to get back into the country, she was turned away. She said authorities would not even look at her documents.

"I was very upset. My main worry was that it would be protracted, but I maintained hope that it will be resolved."

Now she believes the campaign which called for her re-entry into the country put pressure on home affairs officials to rethink their decision.

Wasp had petitioned authorities and questioned the reasons behind the refusal as Shange had been at the forefront of organising striking mineworkers in the North West and Gauteng.

On 16 August, 34 striking miners were shot dead by police near the Lonmin Platinum mine. An inquiry into the matter was pending.

Last month, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe blamed the anarchy in the platinum mines on foreign nationals, and particularly singled out the Swedes and the Irish, reported the IOL website.

"What is happening in Marikana... I can give you what comes out of that information. Anarchy, anarchy, anarchy driven by people who are from far away, Sweden, Irish," Mantashe was quoted as saying.

"They are a force behind the anarchy that is happening in the platinum industry."

Shange found it "strange" that this happened after Mantashe's comments, but stressed that she had also had a difficult time with home affairs previously.

And despite being back at home, Shange's problems are not over.

She still has more battles ahead relating to her visa and citizenship status.

Home Affairs had told her she needed to have held a temporary visa permit for over five years of marriage before gaining permanent citizenship.

But in 2010, Shange was mugged and her passport and temporary visa stolen.

"I had just completed the five years when the visa was stolen... And again I am told to get a temporary permit sorted out first before applying for permanent residence. So I've been stuck with that."

Shange has now set up a meeting with home affairs officials to deal with the problem.

  • JMaree - 2013-07-15 23:40

    We should care why?

      DuToitCoetzee - 2013-07-16 09:24

      Why should we care? Forget what we think of the woman. The fact remains that a secretary general of the ruling party made a comment and than government react on it. Thus government is too closed to the ruling party. That is the problem. If the state put all their machinery in gear and came up with a good reason, after following the correct procedures and than denied her entrance, it would have been ok, but having a lack for following it, a politician made a statement and than she gets denied, should worry us all. Why should we care? Now you know!

  • Jerry Medina - 2013-07-15 23:56

    Apartheid tendencies.

  • Adrianh - 2013-07-16 00:43

    Now there is a pretty young blonde girl with rocks in her head.... Shows you that even the most civilized countries have their share of total numbskulls...

      Jonathan Woods - 2013-07-16 08:30

      You are so right! The last think this country needs at the moment is some radical socialist bimbo causing more trouble in the mining sector.

  • Samuel Khazamula Bila - 2013-07-16 04:31

    The Indians arrive now and are given permanent citizenship,minig rights,free airtime at SABC,tenders and State locrutive business,and free advertisement.Bcoz they sponsor numb one thieve right.In this mother-land it doesn't matter what you do as long as you suck it up to Zuma. I fear the worse the next thing the intelligence agency will hunt everyone commenting negatively on social platiform like this one,bcoz slowly its bcoming sacrilage to criticize Zuma n his band Blade. Nt so long ago Blade was on radio saying it must becom an offence to criticize his master of all evil.Sometims you'll think tht people with PHD's will be more enlighten,but instead they more shroud n stupidity than the less of.Oh I forgot to mention tht enjoying red imported wine,and ciggar,driven in 7 SERIES thts called Communism by night neo liberal by day,or its called thou shall speak evil about Capitalist,but Embrace its life-style and enjoy it.Viva Zuma n ur Band of thives

      Charlotte Van Dongen - 2013-07-16 07:25

      On the nose Samuel!!! and the very people that voted, and will keep on voting them in, is getting poorer and poorer, Tokoloshe politicking, go figure!!!!

      Al Loots - 2013-07-16 10:34

      Hear Hear !!! And a slow clap. Oh how we love the truth. Thank you sir.

  • Helio Paulo - 2013-07-16 05:37

    Clearly someone orchestrated chaos should not be let into the country. She has definitely overstated her welcome.

  • Brendan Keith Shaw - 2013-07-16 05:45

    That's nice Mrs Shange. Are you here to provide relief to the thousands laid off and those that could be laid off as a result of your ridiculous wage demands?

      Walter Oldnal Latham - 2013-07-16 06:45

      Here, here.... and forcing the closure of marginal mines; one of those do-gooders who should have stayed in "blondie-land."

  • Perter Damingo - 2013-07-16 07:05

    Why wasshe even allowed to return gets me, and since she has returned they should investigate her as an accomplance to the killings of the mine workers, security guards and policemen and other people and she should get a hefty jail sentence We do not need her type coming here and causing further problems in our already troubled country

  • Nasser Solomon - 2013-07-16 07:08

    I thought Wasp stood for "white, anglo saxon and protestant"!

      Al Loots - 2013-07-16 10:30

      How would that make any difference. Unless you merely wish to expose your racist side.

  • stephan.vanheerden1 - 2013-07-16 07:23


  • Se-Atile Mmereki - 2013-07-16 09:19

    Mrs Shange is more South African than most people who comment on this site.

      Avremel Niselow - 2013-07-16 14:00

      So fomenting violence is inherently South African?

  • Al Loots - 2013-07-16 10:40

    As if we don't have enough troubles as it is. Shange should be very careful. Down here, union members murder their competition and anybody that might seem supportive of the wrong/right side. Passop.

  • John Engelbrecht - 2014-06-24 00:31

    We dont need another Female hitler here in SA. The stole our Gold from Eurpoe since the Colonial days and now blaming it on apartheid haha-she doesnt even know what it means. She is only in the negotiations for money-a broker inter-mediating for payment at the end of the day. She got people killed with her hype.

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