Durban - About 30 undocumented foreign nationals are desperate to return to their home countries after being arrested by the Department of Home Affairs more than seven months ago and being moved to and from Westville Prison and other police stations.
From a room in the immigration office at Home Affairs in uMgeni Road, Durban, a desperate foreigner called the Daily News.
The man, who did not want to be named, said nearly 30 had been arrested in January because they did not have the correct papers.
They are from Burundi, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Uganda and other African countries.
He said after they were arrested, they appeared in court and some were sentenced to either three or six months in jail. “When we finished serving our time in Westville, Home Affairs took us, then put us in the police station and told us we were waiting for deportation and Wednesday they took us to Umgeni Home Affairs. Until now, they haven’t given us food and water.”