American married to South African "banned" from returning to SA

South African citizen, Thulani Mbatha, says his wife who is an American has been declared an ‘undesirable person’ and prevented from re-entering South Africa after living in the country for the past 6 years and being married to him for 11 years.

Mbatha explains that his wife had to travel with their son to the US but was told that her work visa had expired, and if she leaves before renewing it, she will be considered an undesirable person.

He says his wife and son are still in the US while still trying to sort out the matter with the Department of Home Affairs.

I believe Mr Mavuso [Deputy director general of Institutional Planning and Support at the Department of Home Affairs] will act on this. He did advise on how to avoid such situation in the future.

Thulani Mbatha, caller

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