The Zimbabwean nationals had to be detained for the department of home affairs to obtain documents to deport them.
Nine Zimbabweans who were detained while returning to their home country in a minibus taxi last month will be deported by the South African Home Affairs.
According to the Department of Home Affairs, they said the nine detained Zimbabweans were found without proper supporting documents which could allow them stay legally or pass the boarders of the country.
The nine illegal foreigners, arrested on August 21, are being held in De Aar, in the Northern Cape. They were told they would be kept for up to three months and then transferred to Lindela Repatriation Centre in Gauteng.
Addressing the issue which had mixed reactions in a way that they were unlawfully arrested since they were going home, the department defended itself saying that they had to detain them because they did not have documents.
“Their arrest was lawful; we had to arrest them in order to obtain documents to deport them”, said Home affairs director-general Mkuseli Apleni
“We must first go to the embassy of the country they claim to come from and the Zimbabwean government has to give us a certificate confirming they are nationals of the country”, said Apleni.
The director further said that they cannot let the detained people pass the boarders without showing their documents of origin.