Sister’s heartbreaking words as deportation threat means brother misses wedding

A hero who saved a little girl’s life will not be able to attend his sister’s wedding in South Africa because he is at risk of being deported.

His sister Sophia Schoeman, a 22-year-old student and fiancé to a 29-year-old veterinarian, is getting married on May 26.

But Delarey Du Preez, from Rhodes, South Africa will not be able to make the trip for fear of not being allowed back into the UK, Get Surrey reports.

He moved to the UK 11 years ago and has since helped save a young girl’s life, raised more than £1 million for charity and runs his own business.


The 34-year-old says he has actively contributed to the community constantly, has never committed a crime and doesn’t even have points on his driving licence.

He originally paid a lawyer £4,000 to gain Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILTR) status, so he could live and work in the UK permanently.

Now the Home Office say his lawyer submitted fraudulent documents to support his application and he is "liable for removal", even though he has been cleared of any wrong doing.

Miss Schoeman, also from Rhodes, said in a message: "This whole injustice has meant that he cannot attend my upcoming wedding day in South Africa.

"This pains me, and I know it pains him too.

"What is even more devastating, is that a system, and one which the whole ‘outside’ world perceives as organised, just and functional, (something we South Africans appreciate), is incapable of correcting this wrong.


"This, at the disadvantage of England and its citizens. It would also be of particular international advantage at this current time, taken the political injustice going on in South Africa.

"I have and always will admire Delarey’s unselfish and forth-giving character.

"I look up to him. I have no doubt that he is an asset to the ground he walks on and the people’s lives he touches.

"I love you boet (A South African term of endearment for brother)."

A Home Office spokesman said: “Mr Du Preez entered the UK in 2007 to undertake a working holiday. His visa expired in 2009 and he has made no further applications to the Home Office since.

“An indefinite leave to remain endorsement to Mr Du Preez’s passport was found to be counterfeit.

"Under the Immigration Rules, it is not possible to make a leave to remain application or switch into the UK Ancestry route whilst in the UK. All applications for leave to enter under the UK Ancestry route must be made outside of the UK."

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