South Africa’s governing African National
Congress (ANC) has demanded an apology
after senior official Tokyo Sexwale was held at
a US airport because he is on a terrorist
watchlist.
His detention at the JFK international airport was “an
affront to the global anti-apartheid movement”, the
ANC said.
Former ANC leader Nelson Mandela was only taken
off the list by former President George W Bush in
2008.
Mr Sexwale was imprisoned along with Mr Mandela
on Robben Island.
He is also a senior official with Fifa, football’s world
governing body.
South African lawyer Bally Chuene who travelled to
the US with Mr Sexwale, told the BBC’s Focus on
Africa radio programme that the former anti-
apartheid activist had been “humiliated” by an
immigration official.
The official refused to give Mr Sexwale a chance to
explain himself or to make a telephone call, Mr
Chuene said.
“[The official] basically said: ‘We are ordering you to
sit down, failing which we are going to arrest you,'”
he said.
They also refused Mr Sexwale access to a lawyer
when he asked for one, Mr Chuene said.
Another of Mr Sexwale’s lawyers, Leslie Makhabela,
told South Africa media that US immigration officials
had “alleged he posed a threat to international
security”.
Both the ANC and the South African government
have called on the US to remove from the Terrorist
Watchlist those people who were put there for their
role in the fight against white minority rule.
“This affront on the rights and dignity of Comrade
Tokyo Sexwale necessitates an unconditional apology
to him and the people of South Africa from the US
administration,” said the ANC.
Wits University vice-chancellor and political analyst
Adam Habib said it was unacceptable that the former
housing minister is still considered a terrorist by the
US and called on the South African government to
intervene to have all the names removed.
Tokyo Sexwale: ANC demands US
terrorist list apology
Tokyo Sexwale was sacked as housing minister
earlier this year
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