Three South Africans ordered to leave Namibia

18 Dec 2013 13:40pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 18 DEC (NAMPA) – Three South African men were detained by Namibian immigration officials at Keetmanshoop on Tuesday for working in the country without work permits.
They were found working at the Shoprite and Hungry Lion food outlets at the new Old Mutual shopping centre in Keetmanshoop.
After being held in custody until Wednesday morning, they were given 48 hours to leave the country and return to South Africa.
Deputy //Karas Regional Commander of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in Keetmanshoop, Johannes Tsuseb confirmed the detention of the three to Nampa on Wednesday but could not provide further information, as the case is being dealt with by the Home Affairs and Immigration Ministry.
An immigration official told this agency on condition of anonymity Wednesday that the trio - one aged 29 and the other two aged 40 - were in Namibia for holiday purposes, but decided to take up jobs here.
“The offences are that they were working without work permits and contravened their purposes of being in the country,” said the officer.
This reporter also learned that the men had been working at the centre for less than a week.
Their holiday visas were subsequently canceled when they were ordered to leave the country.