China de­ports Le­sotho stu­dent

Lesotho Times - - News - Pas­cali­nah Kabi

A MOSOTHO man who had gone to study at the Univer­sity of Not­ting­ham Ningbo in China ended up be­ing jailed for seven days be­fore he was de­ported on 27 Novem­ber.

Le­bo­hang Si­mon Makhanya had been fined M28300 for over­stay­ing in the Asian coun­try and af­ter fail­ing to raise the money, was thrown in jail and de­ported im­me­di­ately af­ter serv­ing his sen­tence. He ar­rived in Maseru on 28 Nov e mber

af­ter spend­ing al­most tw two months in China when he only had a 30-day visa to stay in that coun­try,co ac­cord­ing the univer­sity’s Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mar­ket­ing M Man­ager, Joan Chen.

Mr Chen on Tues­dayTues told the Le­sotho Times: “Leb “Le­bo­hang Si­mon Makhanya was an off of­fer-holder who ar­rived at the Univer­si­tyUniv of Not­ting­ham Ningbo Ch China ( UNNC) on 21 Septem­ber 2015201 on a 30-day visa.

“He paid a 900 RMBRM (M2 040.35) de­posit fee prior to his ar­rival in China, which made h him a po­ten­tial stu­dent or of­fi­cer-holder,of­fi­cer-h sub­se­quently gain­ing him a res­i­dence at the in­sti­tu­tion.

“The tu­ition fee is 80 000 RMB (M181 225.26) per ye year for in­ter­na­tional stu­dents, and Makhanya ar­rived at the in­sti­tuti in­sti­tu­tion nearly two weeks af­ter regis­tra reg­is­tra­tion had been com­pleted. “On 21 Septe Septem­ber, our Stu­dent Affairs O Of­fice staff met with him and in­formed him th that he would need to com­plete the tu­ition fee

pay­ment,p oth- er­wise he could not be reg­is­tered with UNNC. Makhanya was also asked to visit the In­ter­na­tional Of­fice for visa is­sues.”

Mr Chen fur­ther said the univer­sity’s In­ter­na­tional Of­fice staff tried help­ing Mr Makhanya with his po­lice clear­ance but af­ter his visa ex­pired be­fore he could pay the full tu­ition fee, he was re­ported to the po­lice, lead­ing to his de­ten­tion and de­por­ta­tion.

“Makhanya over­stayed in China know­ing the con­se­quences as it was clearly spelled out on his pass­port that he would pay a M1132.57 fine per day for over­stay­ing,” Mr Chen said.

“He was also told that he should set­tle the full tu­ition fee so that he could be reg­is­tered with UNNC and that if he was not, then the univer­sity would not be in a po­si­tion to help him ex­tend his visa.”

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Chen, Mr Makhanya in­formed the UNNC Stu­dent Affairs of­fice on Septem­ber 30 that he was hav­ing fi­nan­cial prob­lems and would con­tact his fam­ily for as­sis­tance.

“On 15 Oc­to­ber, he told the Stu­dent Affairs of­fice that he was fully aware of his sit­u­a­tion and knew he would have to head back home if no pos­i­tive up­date hap­pened,” Mr Chen said.

“The stu­dent was there­fore fully aware that he hadn’t yet been reg­is­tered with the univer­sity and his visa would soon ex­pire. As his visa ex­pired, the univer­sity had to re­port to lo­cal po­lice about his over­stay.”

Mr Chen said the Chi­nese po­lice then “sum­moned Makhanya to re­port him­self at the sta­tion at 9:30am on 17 Novem­ber”, which he did.

“He was told that he had to pay the fine for over­stay or oth­er­wise he would be put in jail ac­cord­ing to Chi­nese im­mi­gra­tion laws,” Mr Chen said.

“He was not op­posed to be re­stricted in jail. He only said he could prob­a­bly gather the money af­ter Fri­day (Novem­ber 20), which was not ac­cept­able to the po­lice.

“So a fi­nal judg­ment had to be made: seven days in jail and then im­me­di­ate de­por­ta­tion af­ter­wards.”

Re­peated ef­forts by the Le­sotho Times to con­tact Mr Makhanya failed, while the Min­istry of For­eign Affairs and In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions pro­fessed ig­no­rance on the mat­ter.

Le­bo­hang Si­mon makhanya.

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