Tokyo Sexwale detained in New York

Businessman Tokyo Sexwale will approach the US government after he was briefly detained in New York for being on a list of banned persons in the US.

The former Housing minister's lawyer, Lesley Mkhabela says Sexwale was arrested at JF Kennedy Airport while on a business trip to New York, the SABC wesbsite reported on Sunday.

Former struggle activists were banned from visiting America during apartheid. The ban has since been lifted but not all names have been removed from the list, Mkhabela told

"He has instructed us to take the matter up with the authorities of the US so we will address the letter to the US embassy in South Africa," said Mkhabela.

Mkhabela said they will also send the copy to the state's departments requiring clarification on the status of this issue and also assuring that this shall not happen again in the future, the website reported.

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