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China arrests ‘Bizarre’

There is still no clear explanation as to why 10 South Africans among a tour group were detained without charge in China last Friday.

In a development to this story, five of the ten South Africans being held by Chinese authorities are now due to come home on Friday but five others are still being held.

The latest development

Alex **Eliseev gives an update on the latest on this story:**

Says Steve Vines, EWN's China Correspondent:

It can be very difficult to get out of a Chinese jail. The fact that they haven't been charged is window of opportunity. Once charged in the Chinese system they are almost always found be to guilty.

Steve Vines, EWN's China Correspondent

Uncertainty over the facts

John Robbie spoke to Nelson Kgwete, Spokesperson of the Department of International Relations and Co-operation about the meeting between the SA Embassy and British Embassy with the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

I cannot speculate as to when they will be released but we are hoping they will be released.

Nelson Kgwete, Spokesperson of the Department of International Relations and Co-operation

Listen to the full conversation below:

John also spoke to one of the family members of the detainees, Shameel Joosub (who is also Vodacom CEO).

Gift of the Givers gets involved

The Gift of the Givers have since revealed that the South Africans were arrested by Chinese authorities, together with 9 British nationals and one Indian national who were also part of the tour group.

John Webb (standing in for Kieno Kammies) spoke with Imtiaz Sooliman of Gift of the Givers about efforts to contact 10 South Africans arrested in China.

There's absolutely no clarity. Nobody knows. Its six days gone and nobody has been charged. They first said that somebody in the group of 20 has suspected links to a terror group. Then they said that someone was linked to a banned group. They also accused them watching propaganda videos.

Imtiaz Sooliman, Gift of the Givers

Details about the arrests still remain unclear as authorities work to establish the facts.

Listen to the full conversation, with John Webb standing in, on Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:


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