Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi NHI

Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has emphasised the department’s commitment to forge ahead with the National Health Insurance in phases. Image: GCIS

67 Pakistani nationals were denied entry into South Africa

67 Pakistani nationals were denied entrance into South Africa at OR Tambo International Airport and were sent home at their own expense.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi NHI

Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has emphasised the department’s commitment to forge ahead with the National Health Insurance in phases. Image: GCIS

On Sunday, at least 67 Pakistani nationals were denied entrance into South Africa at OR Tambo International Airport and were sent home at their own expense.

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi commended the interception of Pakistani people attempting to enter the country without complying with the country’s immigration laws.

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Why were the Pakistani nationals denied entry?

Motsoaledi said the Pakistanis were denied entry in the early hours of Sunday after they failed the immigration test, which included questions on how long their visas entitled them to be in the country.

According to Motsoaledi, the Pakistanis were denied entry in the early hours of Sunday after failing an immigration test that included questions about how long their permits allowed them to stay in the country.

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“They were returned to Pakistan at their own expense.” This is the product of a sting operation that was put together in response to suspicious and illogical trends.

“They were interviewed by immigration officers and asked where they were going, why they were in South Africa, and where they were going to stay because they were visiting for the first time.

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“Essentially, these people wanted to come to South Africa but couldn’t explain where they were going or why.” There is no other way. They must return to their own nation. “We cannot allow such people to enter the country,” said Motsoaledi.

According to Motsoaledi, the group with problematic visas was aboard a 268-passenger flight from Dubai to South Africa.

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The team

The sting was carried out by a team comprised of the Department of Home Affairs Counter Corruption Branch, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks), the State Security Agency, and the Border Management Authority, according to Motsoaledi.

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