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SA citizens repatriation from COVID-19 epicentre Wuhan underway

11 March 2020 7:50 AM
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GCIS acting director-general Phumla Williams says it needs to be commended that those coming back are virus-free.

The evacuation of South Africans in COVID-19 epicentre Chinese city of Wuhan is underway.

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday held a media briefing at OR Tambo International Airport as a plane left for China and assured the country that those returning were healthy.

A team of 15 officials is leading the mission to bring 122 South Africans back.

RELATED: SA citizens repatriation: 'We have no idea when Wuhan lockdown will be lifted'

Bongani Bingwa speaks to Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) acting director-general Phumla Williams to shed more light on the matter.

We did say initially that we were going to bring back 180 South Africans but over time some of those in Wuhan said they were finding it difficult to get themselves out of their contractual obligations they have thus they opted to remain.

Phumla Williams, Acting director-general - GCIS

She says it needs to be commended that those 122 people have been in China at the peak of the virus and are still virus-free.

Listen below to the full conversation:


11 March 2020 7:50 AM
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