The 50 South African youngsters who were stuck in China for working while only having student visas have been released.
A recruitment agency scammed the group into accepting jobs to teach English abroad. They were told work visas would be given to them once in China. Chinese law enforcement confiscated their passports for breaking immigration laws by working without permits.
The youngsters were stuck without money or assurance of when they would be able to make it back home. South Africans, headed by the loved ones of the youth in question, rallied to have them brought back quickly and safely. Back-a-Buddy jumped on board to gather donations from the public.
Minister of International Relations Lindiwe Sisulu prioritised their safe passage and urged the public to be conscious of such scams. The group will arrive back in South Africa over Monday to Wednesday in three groups.
The parents of the young ones addressed an open letter to the public thanking them for their support and donations.