The Department of Home Affairs Cape Metro co-ordinator Sam Plaatjies refutes reports that authorities can do nothing to assist a Cape Town family bring their loved one home.
Denzil Daniels was believed to have died six years ago and was recently found in eSwatini formerly known as Swaziland.
He disappeared without a trace from Delft until he was recently found scratching in bins outside a supermarket by the police.
Plaatjies talks to Kieno Kammies and says the authorities in eSwatini needs to refer Daniels to the South African High Commission where his identity will be verified.
We have Home Affairs officials there that need to embark on a process to verify his identity, one of which will be taking his fingerprints to positively identify that indeed it is him.— Sam Plaatjies, Cape Metro co-ordinator - Department of Home Affairs
If satisfied that Daniels is a bona fide South African citizen, an emergency passport in this instance will be issued at the South African High Commission.— Sam Plaatjies, Cape Metro co-ordinator - Department of Home Affairs
Since Daniels is deemed to be an illegal foreigner, the eSwatini authorities have to embark on a process to officially deport him.— Sam Plaatjies, Cape Metro co-ordinator - Department of Home Affairs
Two Delft police officers have offered, in their personal capacity, to fetch Daniels at the border between South Africa and eSwatini.
Plaatjies says the office of the Western Cape premier has expressed interest in assisting to reunite Daniels with his family.
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