Pressed by stranded Canadians, who included journalists who are trying to get home before the temperature rises to 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit), Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted: “To those Canadians impacted by the chaos in South Africa, you are not alone. We will look after you, and I know we will see you soon.”
Some 5,800 Canadians have already lost their passports. A government source told CNN that while South Africa has agreed to extend the stay of Canadian diplomats until at least Oct. 31, the C$28 million that Prime Minister Trudeau promised Friday still must be paid before things improve. Another C$2 million was promised to help families pay for accommodation and food until their passports are returned.
The State Department said it had reached out to government officials, “assisting with the repatriation of Canadians who have been unable to leave due to visa concerns.” It had been unclear when that process would begin.
“This incident is a perfect example of the deadly serious consequences of a lack of economic control over a once-stable country,” Donald Trump said in a tweet on Friday, according to Reuters.
“Frankly, our government is embarrassed by its inability to protect our citizens. We are paying a terrible ransom in dollars to get our people home. Our citizens should not be put in this situation and I will not stand for it.”
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