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South African woman protest outside British High Commission over her UK visa denial

Pretoria – Patronella Treasure on Monday began her lone picket outside the British High Commission in Pretoria – and vowed to continue camping there until she was granted a visa to join her husband in Britain.

The 46-year-old from Soshanguve in Tshwane spent the day sitting on a chair with a sign on her lap as high commission staff carried on with their business. Passers-by looked on curiously and approached her to find out the reason for her picket.


Patronella Treasure at the UK High Commission after five visa denials in a year. Picture: Oupa Mokoena/Pretoria New.

Treasure showed The Star a passport and certificate confirming she was indeed married to Briton John Treasure of Slough, near London.

“Since we got married last year, I have been refused a visiting visa on five occasions with no valid reasons and without being given the right to appeal or an administration review,” she said.

For years, she travelled in and out of the UK without a glitch when she visited her then fiancé, she said.

The two met at a shopping mall in Joburg when Treasure, who was visiting South Africa, approached her in 2009 and asked for her phone number. The rest was history, she said.

Source : IOL SA


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