SEVEN Zambia under-20 women’s team players were yesterday detained at Oliver Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg for six hours after immigration department officials demanded for consent letters from their parents.
The seven are Ngambo Musole, Melan Mulenga, Rhodah Chileshe, Barbara Banda, Martha Tembo, Hellen Chanda and Penelope Mulumbwa.
The team tutored by Osward Mutapa arrived in Johannesburg at 09:20 hours ahead of tomorrow’s 2016 Papua New Guinea World Cup second round return leg against South Africa.
The Zambia’s High Commission in South Africa intervened and the players left the airport at 15:30 hours.
First secretary for press at the Zambian mission Nicky Shabolyo confirmed the detention in a statement issued from Pretoria yesterday.
“As of 1st October, 2014, parents or any adult travelling with children under the age of 18 years are required to produce an unabridged birth certificate of the child reflecting the particulars of the parents of the child. Provision is also made for one parent travelling with a child and where one parent or both parents are deceased or the child is travelling with a relative or another person.
“Certified copies of unabridged birth certificates and parental consent, where applicable, will be acceptable when travelling with children. South Africa’s Ministry of Home Affairs officially disclosed the new laws to the diplomatic corps at a briefing held on 9th July, 2014 in Pretoria. The amended Immigration Amendment Acts of 2007 and 2011 came into effect on 26th May, 2014,” Shabolyo said.
The first leg in Lusaka on September 27 ended goalless and a scoring draw will see the junior She-polopolo progressing to the third round.