UPDATE- South Africans raise funds to rescue 51 South Africans trapped in China

JOHANNESBURG-  South African have reached into their pockets to start a crowd fund rising campaign to rescue 51 young South Africans detained Chinese government.

The group are still in China after they were detained into relation to their agent who is being charged for fraud, and are scheduled to testify against him. They left South Africa in hopes to teach English in the country.

The crowdfunding platform Backabuddy.co.za to help the South Africans who are all under 25 years old return to South Africa.

The Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco) did confirm that Minister Lindiwe Sisulu is working with the Chinese ambassador to release the students.

Sisulu said in a statement, “Our embassy in Beijing is liaising with the Chinese authorities in addressing this matter. We are also in touch with the Chinese ambassador to South Africa to have their passports released. The Chinese ambassador to South Africa has made an undertaking that he will expedite the matter,”

Dirco said on the allegation against the Chinese agent, Owen Wang, they said, “While in China on study visas they started working, which was in contravention of the immigration laws of the Republic of China. ”

Family members blamed the agent for their loved ones being abandon in China.

Liza Bold, a mother to 21-year-old daughter Lee-Ann whose’s one of the detainees, “The schools never enquired about their working visas and never received them from Owen Wang. Instead our children were paid half their agreed upon salaries and told to hide from the police when they were investigated.”

Another mother Lorraine Theron said, “It all happened so fast. She was called to an interview in Krugersdorp and then Roodepoort. Then she had to submit a video showing how she would teach a class and when she was accepted she was immediately provided with a one-way ticket to China.”

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