Prinsloo to be deported to SA next month
Publish date: 10 April 2017
Issue Number: 721
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Authorities in Belarus have confirmed that they will make exceptions to the country’s deportation procedures to ensure former Advocate Dirk Prinsloo returns to South Africa to stand trial, Beeld reports. A government spokesperson noted that the normal procedure is that an illegal immigrant must be deported to the country where he came from – which is Russia in the case of Prinsloo. South African authorities requested Belarus to make an exception for Prinsloo. ‘After we received the necessary application from SA about Prinsloo, we agreed that he will not be released until the problems with his deportation and extradition are resolved.’ The two countries agreed that South African authorities will meet Prinsloo in Belarus and accompany him on the connecting flights to South Africa. This is expected to happen next month. Prinsloo will then face charges in the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) where he stood trial on several sex charges before fleeing the country in 2006.