The DA wants 85 South Africans stranded in China because of the deadly Covid19 virus to be brought back to South Africa.
According to Darren Bergman, the DA’s spokesperson on international relations and cooperation, they must then be quarantined at Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria for 14 days.
Bergman said the DA was inundated with requests from worried parents and family members who wanted the government to help them bring the 85 South Africans back to South Africa.
The DA is going to ask that Dr. Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, urgently reports into Parliament on the plight of South Africans stranded in China.
The DA wants the government – and especially the South African embassy in Beijing – to help the stranded South Africans, mostly teachers and students.
Meanwhile, Lin Songtian, China’s ambassador to South Africa, said at a media conference at the Chinese Embassy in Pretoria on Tuesday that the country still believes that the people they find in the city of Wuhan and Hubei Province should stay there until the virus is stopped. The virus is believed to have originated in the food market in Wuhan.
Lin said the South African government is also following the advice of the World Health Organization (WHO) on the situation.