SA's Fourie faces deportation

2013-01-07 10:20

London - Former England international Hendre Fourie and his family are facing deportation because his visa expired with his decision to retire last week.

The South African-born Sale Sharks flank, capped eight times during an injury-plagued career, was forced to announce his retirement following an unsuccessful recovery from a third operation on a chronic shoulder injury.

According to the ESPNScrum website, the 33-year-old, who initially moved to England in 2005, had hoped to embark on a new career as a teacher, but has now been told he must leave the country by the end of the month.

"I can play for England but I can't get a passport to stay in the country," Fourie told The Times. "If I had remained on a sports people visa for another two years, I would have got permanent residency, but unless someone is willing to give me another contract, that is not going to happen."

"My wife (Corlia) is South African, but my boy was born here and I would have like to have stayed and tried to get a teaching job. There were options to appeal but I would have had to wait another few years before I could get my permanent residency. It has been a red-tape nightmare and we just decided it was not worth all the hassle.

Fourie was born in Burgersdorp in the Eastern Cape.


  • pierre.devilliers.9231 - 2013-01-07 10:27

    Bureaucrats is a pest.

      sean.bagley.50 - 2013-01-07 11:32

      Immigration laws in England has changed a lot since the new Government came to power in 2010.

      jeremy.forbes.1293 - 2013-01-07 13:06

      Mr Fourie has not been particularly well advised, as an ex England International there are a number of routes available for him to stay in the UK. Unfortunately, he does appear that he likes to fill in forms and visit immigration offices to stand in long ques. This cannot be avoided if you want permanent residency in a country. My hunch is that he is homesick, the quality of life in SA far exceeds that available in the UK. Together with a shortage of jobs it is the main reasons why thousands of white SA's are returning home.

      Flemstone - 2013-01-07 13:35

      I'm not sure what work he's going to find in SA? Teachers don't usually struggle to find work in the UK. If you're experienced you should never struggle to find work here.

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-07 16:47

      Just Imagine if Obama can chase them away and Zuma on this chase them away from Africa*where else are they going to run to*

      CapeChappy - 2013-01-07 20:39

      The fact that England allows foreigners to represent them when they have not yet gained citizenship is a farce.

  • brian.ocinneide.7 - 2013-01-07 11:14

    If he was black or a Pakistani he would have no problem staying.

      sean.bagley.50 - 2013-01-07 11:29

      You mean use the refugee/asylum seeker card?

      zamani.ndlovu.5203 - 2013-01-07 11:56

      There we go again.I can't wait for someone to blame the anc

      morton.christie - 2013-01-07 12:10

      Yes Mr Gatsheni, If it was not for AA and BEE, sports quotas, the high crime rate, corruption, and the fact that all facets of government are just simply badly managed. Mr Fourie and family would be living in SA.

      morne.vandyk.58 - 2013-01-07 12:18

      OK, It is the fault of the ANC

      Flemstone - 2013-01-07 12:21

      Nobody is saying he can't stay in the country. He just has to follow procedure. I have no idea why he thinks he's above the rules? Its still far easier to stay in the UK than just about every other first world country. Why hasn't he already got citizenship if he's been here since 2005? Ah he must have left the country for more than 3 months at some stages. Rules are rules.

      julius.malememba.7 - 2013-01-07 14:00

      No timmy ... for that we you will all try to blame me ... JUju ... your next ANC and SA president ... get used to it ... and I will deport all Poms from SA on sight ... the YL wil rule with an iron fist ...

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-07 14:58

      Under the bridge or start their neighborhood and build shacks!!

      ruan.smith.14 - 2013-01-08 09:18

      Ha Ha you oaks crack me up!! this has got nothing to do with race!!! im al keen to stand up where it is needed, but come on oaks this is not one of those needed times, infact a think if youre blaming BEE and al those other shortend versions then you are just using excusses. Work harder!!

  • Akash - 2013-01-07 12:06

    Not everything has to do with skin colour; grow up!

  • madameshe - 2013-01-07 12:37

    Hamba khaya baba!

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-07 14:56

      He must come back to the school with zero percent pass rate in Mpumalanga!!

  • Vusumuzi Aubrey Nkumane - 2013-01-07 12:42

    i fail to understand wat this has to do with anc,corruption,crime nd wateva.the guy chose to go play sport in england,not bcos of ws a career move.mayb all u racists shud move to england if u feel the way u feel abt our country

      morne.vandyk.58 - 2013-01-07 13:44

      Maybe you should learn how to spell and make this country a better place.

      julius.malememba.7 - 2013-01-07 14:04

      Vusumuzi ... we are the problem my brada ... us blacks are uneducated and we feel intimidated by the clever boere ... and since we know we cannot compete with them we have inflicted BEE, RDP, AA, BBC AND ANCYL on SA. We must get our act togetha so we can at least have no crime or corruption in our country ... vote ANCYL and get me BBC Juju in office ...

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-07 16:42

      Vusumzi, Fourie must come and fetch his entire nation back home and its a pity that uncle died otherwise he was going to lead them with his horse!!

      jacques.duplessis.3785 - 2013-01-07 21:39

      If fourie comes to fetch the rest of his people 50million other people in this country dies my mielies for mielie pap?

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-07 22:38

      Your President*Julius* became a farmer as well!

  • rory.beckett.96 - 2013-01-07 13:15

    Please try Australia. We don't need u here and take all the like minded people with u.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2013-01-07 13:55

      Yes we have too many qualified and hard working teachers to need more. (No we need many teachers as our education systems are in crisis and too many children on the street that should be in school)!

      byron.pienaar - 2013-01-08 00:22

      One should rather commend people that take action to better their lives.SA isn't getting any better and some young people starting families do worry about a future for their children.instead of remaining in downward spiral,I also opted to relocate to son has been here since 4 months old, he is now 10 months,and we are enjoying the opportunities provided here.I have accomplished more here in a year,doing the same occupation,than I have ever done in SA.

      Blixum - 2013-01-08 07:58

      @ rory: Will you and likeminded people then go back to england?

  • KMahoro - 2013-01-07 13:52

    Just come back home and get a teaching job this side.

  • KMahoro - 2013-01-07 13:54

    Just come back and get a teaching job this side.

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-07 16:37


  • Terrence Zondi - 2013-01-07 14:33

    This guy was never loyal 2 his country & went 2 play 4 the former colonial empire, but now he wants our help? please baba hamba khaya stay in England!!!

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-07 14:51

    Who's got to wear a reject!!

  • Darian.Gray - 2013-01-08 11:06

    He must stay away, because he is a traitor. Ran away just because he is a sore loser for not being good enough to be a Springbok.

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