Author: Heather Preston
The man whose wife died after the couple were detained by UK immigration, is appealing another attempt to deport him with the help of his church minister.
Nancy Motsamai collapsed last year after the authorities ignored claims she was too ill to travel.
She passed away five days later from undiagnosed ovarian cancer, deep vein thrombosis and a pulmonary embolism.
Nancy and her husband Fusi Motsamai were due to be deported to South Africa last March.
The authorities have since made a further attempt to deport Mr Motsamai, who claimed he’s had numerous problems with immigration.
Mr Motsamai has lived in the UK for 15 years and has argued he should be allowed to remain in the country after the grave injustices he has faced.
His minister Rev Lucy Brierley of Woking United Reformed Church is assisting him in his appeal and gave evidence on his behalf in a tribunal hearing in Harmondsworth on Wednesday.
The appeal is being made on the grounds that Mr Motsami has a right to a private life as Rev Brierley claims he has built a life in the UK.
Speaking to Premier, she said Mr Motsami has become part of their church family: “He has formed a life and a connection here, in the church family and with the community. We have become his family.
“He’s given so much to the life of the church, the life of our community, it’s become home for him.”
Reverend Lucy is praying that the judge will act with discretion and compassion in his ruling.
The court’s ruling is expected to be heard within the next fortnight.