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Npswu 2nd Media Statement: South African National Defence Force Left For China

South African government has sent out a flight with aircraft crew and 15 officials from the Department of Health and the Department of Defence to Wuhan city, China to bring back South Africans who are currently residing in Wuhan.


Amongst these South African are student that went to China to study further, some were in a teaching programme to teach English and other professionals that had businesses in China. A total of 122 individuals are ready and willing to comeback to South Africa through this government plans of bringing South Africans living in China home.


Since the aircraft left on Tuesday the 10th of March 2020, they are expected to come back on Friday the 13th of March 2020. On arrival it said that the 122 South Africans will be quarantined for a period of 21 days before allowed into their communities.


 That will only happen if they tested negative when tested for the COVID-19 (Corona virus), if some of them test positive or show symptoms of the virus they won’t be allowed to live the quarantine.


The deportation of these South Africans is set to cost taxpayers R25 million, as President Ramaphosa had to employ 151 members of SANDF to support the department of international relations and co-operation and the department of health in bringing South Africans home.


Although this deportation is going to cost South Africans, SA citizen will be brought back to their families and we hope the communities they are coming from will welcome them with open arms once they have been marked safe from COVID-19.


Enquiries:  Nondumiso Mchunu