Vodacom CEO relieved to hear of family's release in China

2015-07-17 16:27
Shameel Joosub will assume his new position as Vodacom CEO in September.

Shameel Joosub will assume his new position as Vodacom CEO in September.

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Johannesburg - Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub expressed his relief on Friday after it was announced that his uncle, aunt and brother would be among the remaining five South Africans making their way back home from China after being detained for a week.

"It’s a huge relief that the remaining members of the tour group have been released by the Chinese authorities," Joosub said.

"We give thanks for the grace of the Almighty who has made this possible. My family and I would also like to extend our gratitude to the Deputy President for everything he has done to bring them home."

Earlier, the department of international relations and co-operation announced that the group of 10 would be returning home.

The 10 South Africans were part of a group of 20 on a 47-day tour through China. They were arrested at Erdos City’s airport on Friday morning.

Initial reports indicated that 11 members of the group were being released – five South Africans and six Britons.

The rest of the group which included five South Africans, three Britons, and one person from India, were believed to still be detained.

Monyela described their release as a “victory for diplomacy”.

Joosub gave thanks to those who had assisted in getting the group back home, including the department and NGO Gift of the Givers, which had helped keep the affected families informed.

On Thursday, a Chinese official told news agency AFP that a group of foreigners had been detained for distributing "terrorist" materials.

The first group was expected to land on Friday evening, while the rest were expected to fly out of China on Saturday.
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