SA lockdown: South Africans employed abroad go to court

Members of the organisation Locked in South Africa want to return to the countries where they have jobs

2020-05-23 07:01:00 AM

Members of the organisation Locked in South Africa want to return to the countries where they have jobs

A group representing around 3,500 South Africans employed abroad has made an urgent application for an interdict against the South African government.

It is estimated that South Africans working abroad have lost R60-million in the past month, simply because they're stuck here.The organisation wants government to help speed up the process so these people can return to the countries where they're employed.

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Some stand to lose their jobs if they don't go back by the end of this month.READ:South Africans repatriated from US unhappyMany are teachers in Asian countries.About 1,500 South Africans want to go back to the USA where they work in the agricultural sector, assisting local family farms

The US government has pleaded for their return as they play a crucial role in the American food production chain.READ:Government-led COVID-19 repatriation process criticised500 are seafarers who, according to Maritime law, are exempt from local lockdown regulations. They will be replaced if they don’t return to their vessels by the beginning of June.

The group is calling for new draft regulations to be gazetted, giving citizens who are employed or living abroad blanket permission to return there at their own cost.- Coronavirus Hotline Number: 0800 029 999 from 8am to 4pm, Monday to FridayHelp protect your loved ones by sharing this official

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Why did they come home in the first place? They must got no one stopping them. But they must pay their own tickets, they add no benefits to this country but they want everything for free, they enjoy their money with their families but they want taxpayers to pay for their tickets up and down... Let them swim to wherever they want. The world is under lockdown.

Start walking :) There are no flights. May hitch a ride with one of the planes delivering cargo 🙈 They can swim If they pay for their way out of the country. SA government must must take them back Humans are ungrateful We will pay for our flights. All I ask for is the travel ban to be lifted, my company pays for my flights accommodation and everything. The Government does not do anything for me tax payers don't do anything for me. I was meant to go back to work on the 31 May but now I can't as we have wait for level 1.

PutSouthAfricaFirst PutSouthAfricansFirst Let them go I'M SURE THEY NOT EVEN SOUTH AFRICANS They are going where they find peace, where they get money, thus people understood life better than the one who never traveled, go to work, here they are fighting foreigners for farm work and spazza, saloons and car guards, is it the same things happening there?

Life should about choices provided one does not inflict on another. They just need to wait until flights are permitted again. It's not fair that they expect rules to be bent just to accommodate them. Open the border. Let them buy the ticket back. They 'High' on something... Let them organise n go!!! Allow them.

The made noise and cry that they want to be repatriated, now this?what msunery is this?they must pay and arrange their own charted flights. They are behaving like self entitled drama queens. Indeed, let their wish be granted at their own expense. Their expatriation tauntrums must not be bigger than the fight at hand - the battle against the pandemic.

Who stops them? Let them go.. South Africans working in American farms LeratoPillay HermanMashaba Trying to escape from SouthAfrica where the ancIdiots have gone completely Power bef❤ck. They opted to return at SA Taxpayers expense (they pay R0 SA tax whilst employed overseas, for more than 6 months), so they can payback the cost of a return ticket first.

HenriMerwe Did they smoke Hydrogen? ANC is starting to display dictatorship you cant takeaway everything without giving us something in return take the cigarette and alcohol give us level 1 so we go back to work we dying of hunger and growing in frustration Then who holding them back? We have an ocean on three sides of the country.

For as long as they pay and there are flights, why not? Azania has 30.4 Million citizens living below the poverty line. Let those who are privileged enough to work internationally go back to work without abusing Government resources. They need their Ancestors At whose cost? mvtshikwatamba How those who decided to stick it out/stay in the foreign countries are now looking at these ones who begged to come home:

They must be sick who said they must comeback to mzansi Each one of them should 1st payback the money used to repatriate them. Then sizo lalela Then they should return..Self entitled individuals Ba pota

Five million unemployed South Africans applied for R350 Covid-19 grantThe South African Social Security Agency, Sassa, said it had received about five million applications for the government's special R350 Covid-19 grant for the unemployed. | Day56ofLockdown There are still 5 Million more to come. SASSA must STOP playing games with our PEOPLE. Just give all poor and unemployed citizens including all Social Security Grant categories a Universal lncome Grant of R7000.00 NOW! So can we talk about that 29% lies they are talking about of unemployment.......those researchers are lies....unemployment rate in South Africa is higher... They didn't tell you what happens next?

Some South Africans repatriated from Wuhan now want to go backThe Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) has revealed that some of the South African citizens repatriated from Wuhan, where the coronavirus outbreak began, have requested assistance to return to the Chinese province. Ok so they were lucky enough to get home first now want a free ticket back because the lockdown doesn’t suit them? Doesn’t suit me either but here we are. They must be crazy

Repatriation costs under R10m, while over 5,000 South Africans come homeAs several countries went into lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19, an initial 3,637 people requested repatriation.

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More than 5,000 South Africans repatriated during the lockdownSome were left stranded due to other countries’ lockdowns, but some needed to come home due to losing their overseas jobs

This is how shrinking income during lockdown is affecting South AfricansThe data, released on Wednesday, is from the second wave of a survey on the effect of Covid-19 on employment and income of South Africans, and gives some insight into the financial hit households have taken through the lockdown.