Al­leged spy wins court fight

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VALENTINO Chan, the South Su­danese man seek­ing refuge in South Africa, can re­main in a safe house al­lo­cated to him.

Min­is­ter of De­fence No­siviwe Mapisa-Nqakula sought to have him re­moved from the safe house – a de­ci­sion re­cently over­turned by the high court in Pre­to­ria.

“The min­is­ter will abide by the court rul­ing,” her spokesper­son Joy Peter said.

Mapisa-Nqakula had ap­plied to have a pre­vi­ous rul­ing over­turned af­ter the court had in­structed the min­istry to con­tinue ac­com­mo­dat­ing Chan in the safe house he had pre­vi­ously been locked out of.

Chan filed court doc­u­ments in De­cem­ber in which he al­leged that he had been liv­ing peace­fully in the West Park, Pre­to­ria, apart­ment since April last year.

Chan has made con­sis­tent claims since Au­gust 2015 that he was em­ployed by the South Su­dan Em­bassy in South Africa to spy on Dr Riek Machar, the for­mer pres­i­dent of South Su­dan and cur­rent rebel leader who has sought asy­lum in South Africa.

The South Su­dan Em­bassy has de­nied these claims.

“On or about July 22 at the South Su­dan Em­bassy, Pre­to­ria, I was given a sen­si­tive and se­cret as­sign­ment by the em­bassy to gather in­for­ma­tion about Dr Riek,” Chan said in his court doc­u­ments.

Chan be­gan liv­ing on the lawn right out­side the em­bassy’s gates af­ter he claimed his mis­sion was com­pro­mised, re­fus­ing to move un­til he had been paid for the work he had done and for his name to be cleared as the ap­par­ent cause of the failed mis­sion.

In April last year, through ne­go­ti­a­tions with the au­thor­i­ties, Chan was given ac­com­mo­da­tion, where he lived un­til Novem­ber 30.

He said he was kicked out when the locks were changed with­out his knowl­edge.

The court ruled that Chan must be al­lowed back onto the prop­erty and that the re­spon­dents be in­ter­dicted from un­law­fully in­ter­fer­ing with his oc­cu­pa­tion of the prop­erty.

South Su­danese man can now stay in safe house

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