SA yet to decide on Mozambique extradition, state says

Manuel Chang, former finance minister of Mozambique, appears at the Kempton Park Magistrates court to fight extradition to the United states on January 8 2019 in Kempton Park, South Africa. (Photo credit should read WIKUS DE WET/AFP/Getty Images)
Manuel Chang, former finance minister of Mozambique, appears at the Kempton Park Magistrates court to fight extradition to the United states on January 8 2019 in Kempton Park, South Africa. (Photo credit should read WIKUS DE WET/AFP/Getty Images)

South Africa is still considering whether to extradite Mozambique’s former finance minister, Manuel Chang, to his home country or the US, a Department of International Relations and Cooperation official said.

"We have received an extradition request from Mozambique and it’s receiving attention from our Justice Department," Ndivhuwo Mabaya, a DIRCO spokesman, said when asked to confirm an earlier report that cited Minister Lindiwe Sisulu as saying the government plans to return Chang to Mozambique.

Chang was arrested in South Africa on December 29 on a warrant from the US, where he is wanted on allegations of conspiracy to commit fraud and taking millions of dollars in bribes in a $2bn loan scandal. South African prosecutors formally filed the US extradition request in a Johannesburg court on February 5.

"Both extradition requests have been referred to our courts for a determination as required by our law," Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services spokesman Max Mpuzana said by email. "The final decision will be made once the court process has run its course."

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