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South Africa wants ANC officials off US terror list

AFRICA
By BBC | October 28th 2013

South Africa: South Africa is pushing the US to lift travel restrictions on top African National Congress (ANC) officials still designated as terrorists for their role fighting white minority rule

This comes after ANC stalwart and businessman Tokyo Sexwale was briefly detained at JFK International airport on a recent trip.

Former ANC leader Nelson Mandela was only taken off the terror list 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.

His lawyer Leslie Makhabela told South Africa media that US immigration officials "alleged he posed a threat to international security."

"The South African government has repeatedly raised this matter with the US and will continue until this matter is sorted," said international relations spokesperson Clayson Monyela, reports the South African Press Association.

Wits University's Vice-Chancellor and political analyst Adam Habib says it is unacceptable that the former housing minister is still considered a terrorist by the US and has called on the government to intervene to have all the names removed.

-BBC

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