Deportation of 3 South Africans won’t affect relations – Hannah

Hannah Tetteh

Hannah Tetteh

The repatriation of the three South African ex-police officers has not marred any diplomatic relations between the two countries.

This is because Ghana acted within the law.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ms. Hannah S. Tetteh, was responding to questions concerning the arrest and subsequent deportation of the three South Africans.

Major Ahmed Shaik Hazis (rtd), 54; Warrant Officer Denver Dwayhe, 33, and Captain Mlungiseli Jokani, 45, were arrested by officials of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) in the Central Region, for training security details for the flagbearer and running mate of the New Patriotic Party Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo, and Mahamudu Bawumia respectively.

They were said to be training the 15 security details in various security drills, including armed and unarmed combat, weapon handling, VIP protection techniques and rapid response manoeuvres.

The men were brought to Accra for questioning, but were later repatriated to their home country on board a South African flight last Tuesday.

The Minister told members of the ECOWAS Community Development Programme (ECOWAS-CDP) Media Network who called on her, that there was no diplomatic row with South Africa over the return of the three.

She said it was a figment of anyone’s imagination that there was a row between Ghana and South Africa following their deportation.

“I can assure you that because we have acted within our laws and we have taken a decision that we are fully able to take within our laws,” she added.

The two countries, she said, had been in good relations for years and that the coming of the three into the country, their actions and consequent repatriation could not mar the good relations existing between the two countries.

By Francis Asamoah Tuffour  

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