Thursday, December 17, 2009

Visa mess forces couple to leave baby in SA

The joys of living in a Third World country harden us as people, where help is never offered freely. Some might say it's a good thing and that it's the First World standard of living that's made whites soft. But we only get one life and I'd rather make the most of it than have to put up with this shit.

By Murray Williams

A South African couple living in the United Kingdom are doing everything they can to to make sure they are reunited with their baby boy before Christmas, after they were forced to leave him in Cape Town.

Ferdi and Simonne Reyneke were in Cape Town for a two-week holiday with their 14-month-old son Kyle, visiting family with their child for the first time since moving to the UK.

But when they were leaving on the evening of December 5, their son was barred from boarding the Virgin Atlantic flight that was to take them home to London because he did not have a visa to re-enter the UK.

Instead, they were forced to leave their toddler in the hands of his grandparents.

Speaking from the UK this week, Ferdi Reyneke said he and his wife were South African citizens, working in the UK on working visas.

Kyle was born in the UK and, in advance of their holiday in South Africa, they had applied for a South African passport for him.

This was granted and Kyle left the UK and entered South Africa on this passport.

What the couple had not realised was in addition to their own working visas, Kyle also required a visa to return to the UK.

"I gave them his original birth certificate and all our details. They said they needed to phone the UK Border Agency at London Heathrow Airport.

"Virgin Atlantic management then advised us that they would not let him board the aircraft as he would not be given entry into the UK. They would be held liable for hefty fines if they did," he said.

"My dad had dropped us at the airport. I phoned him and they came back to fetch him."

Reyneke explained that both he and his wife had to return to the UK because they could not miss work.

Leaving their child, albeit with his grandparents, had been extremely traumatic - especially for his wife.

"He's never been away from us, even for a day," he said.

Back in the UK, the couple set about urgently applying for a visa for Kyle.

They were finally told on Monday that it should be possible within a day or two, once they had furnished the British High Commission in Pretoria with his birth certificate.

One of the parents will then have to fly back to South Africa, with the added expense which that would entail, to fetch Kyle.

Asked how his son was coping, Reyneke said: "He was fine for the first week, but is starting to show signs of strain."

Kyle had only met his grandparents a fortnight before being left with them, making the situation even tougher.

The couple still hope to be reunited with their child before Christmas - but, as yet, have no guarantees.

Hat tip: John G Kerlen

8 Opinion(s):

Dachshund said...

No you don't need this shit in your life but the Brits are probably sick of nigs importing black babies into the UK.

Anonymous said...

This is the problem, a child born in the U.K. to parents who are legally there is refused entry yet, millions of other "refuggees", "asylum seekers" etc are allowed in unabated. Ho Hum. Merry Fricking Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Bet the grandparents were as pleased as punch. LOL.

Dmitri said...

You cannot blame the airline for this. Thanks to our pathetic home affairs office which issues passports left right and centre to anyone with enough money, our lives are made more miserable because of it.

Having a SA passport is more of a hinderance than anything else when you go overseas.

Edwin Greenwood said...

The UK has a major problem with uncontrolled mass Third World immigration. Some of this is through contrived and deceptive "family reunion", some through fake asylum claims, some through people smuggling, but mostly it is via people arriving on student or visitor visas and then disappearing into the labour market, either into the "grey" undocumented market or, using fake documentation, into the mainstream labour market.

Both the Government and the corporations are entirely happy with this, the former because it makes the country "vibrantly diverse" and "multicultural" and generates a pool of grateful immigrant voters, the latter because it sharply depresses wages and labour standards.

Tracking of international movements has been largely abandoned so that visa cheats, once in the country, are never discovered and usually settle permanently.

The indigenous population are, as you might imagine, not at all happy with this, so the Government makes a great show of enforcing their increasingly nominal but superficially tough immigration controls, in the hope of being able to say, "Look how tough our border controls are; there is no problem here."

Token raids are made by UKBA (the UK Border Agency) to root out and deport illegals, but these are few in number, while highly publicized. At the borders themselves, "low-hanging fruit", ie people who abide by the rules, are the easiest targets to make an example of. The effect is that law-abiding professionals, mostly Whites, are subjected to increasingly Kafkaesque controls, while Third Worlders with fraudulent documentation are waved through.

Welcome to Britain! Enjoy your stay!

Viking said...

The last time I was at Heathrow, I overheard a conversation between an airport official and an obviously Nigerian women. It went along the lines of, "Ma'am, you need a visa to enter the United Kingdom".

It looks like she had just got on a plane and pitched up ...

Anonymous said...

"Having a SA passport is more of a hinderance than anything else when you go overseas."

Y E S

FishEagle said...

@Viking, yip, that sounds about right. Heh heh