The South African mission in Shanghai yesterday informed International Relations and Co-operation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu that the seven, including Tristan-Lee Niemand, 19, had completed their detention period.
The school that employed them as English teachers should provide the return tickets for the flight on which they are to be deported, the Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco) said.
“They are expected to return to South Africa before Friday. The group includes Niemand, whose mother, Stacey Lee-Niemand, has been informed of the latest development.
“The minister has also been informed that another eight South Africans who have been in distress in Zhejiang Province will be deported on Sunday and arrangements for their travel will be co-ordinated as soon as they are released,” Dirco said.