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67 Pakistani Nationals Denied Entry At OR Tambo After Failing Immigration Test

“They were interviewed by immigration officers and were asked where they were going, about the purpose of being in South Africa, and where they were going to stay given that they were coming here for the first time,” Motsoaledi said.

67 Pakistani Nationals Denied Entry At OR Tambo After Failing Immigration Test-SurgeZirc SA
67 Pakistani Nationals Denied Entry At OR Tambo After Failing Immigration Test

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi stated on Sunday that 67 Pakistani nationals were intercepted at OR Tambo International Airport and deported after failing to comply with South Africa’s immigration requirements.

The government said in a statement that the group failed an immigration test immediately after arriving in South Africa.

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They had arrived on board a flight carrying 268 passengers from Dubai.

“They have been sent back to Pakistan — at their own cost,” the department said.

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Elaborating, Motsoaledi said: “This is a result of a sting operation that was put together after observing certain trends that were suspicious and did not make sense.”

Home affairs, the SA Counter Corruption Branch, Hawks, state security agency officers, and border management authority carried out the sting operation.

“They were interviewed by immigration officers and were asked where they were going and about the purpose of being in South Africa and where they were going to stay given that they were coming here for the first time,” Motsoaledi said.

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One of the concerns they struggled to answer was how long their visas allowed them to stay in the nation.

“Essentially, these people wanted to come to South Africa but were unable to explain where they were going and for what reason. There is no other way. They have to return to their home country. We can’t allow such people to enter the country,” said Motsoaledi.

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Elize Coetzee, a seasoned journalist, is the driving force behind SurgeZirc SA’s world news and world politics coverage. With an unwavering commitment to truth, Elize delves into global affairs, providing live updates, in-depth investigations, and thought-provoking analysis. Whether it’s geopolitical tensions, international diplomacy, or breaking stories, Elize’s incisive reporting keeps readers informed and engaged.
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