UK government yet to decide on deportation of SA woman


Myrtle Cothill (92) with her daughter Mary Wills at Wills' UK home. Cothill is under threat of deportation by the UK Home Office for not following immigration procedures.

JOHANNESBURG - The UK government is still to decide whether to deport a 92-year old South African woman.

Myrtle Cothill suffers from heart problems and relies on the care of her 66-year-old daughter who lives in England.

Cothill was due to be deported this week because her two-year visa had expired.

The Home Office is awaiting the results of a psychiatric assessment  that forms part of the appeal against her deportation.

The test results are expected to be released on Monday.

A decision on her deportation will then be made.

Cothill has been denied permanent residence in the UK.

She has argued that she would have no one to take care of her if she returned to South Africa.

Much has been made of this topic not only in South Africa but also in the UK. And there is hope that the home affairs office might hear people’s concerns.

More than 100,000 people have signed an online petition to keep Cothill in the UK.

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