| 15.8°C Belfast

Gamu family 'to fight deportation'

Close

The lawyer representing X Factor reject Gamu Nhengu's family said they would fight plans to deport them

The lawyer representing X Factor reject Gamu Nhengu's family said they would fight plans to deport them

Locals gather in Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire, where X Factor contestant Gamu Nhengu lives, to support her

Locals gather in Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire, where X Factor contestant Gamu Nhengu lives, to support her

Neighbours of Gamu Nhengu in Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire, show their support for the X Factor star

Neighbours of Gamu Nhengu in Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire, show their support for the X Factor star

/

The lawyer representing X Factor reject Gamu Nhengu's family said they would fight plans to deport them

The lawyer representing X Factor reject Gamu Nhengu and her family has said she would appeal against plans to deport them.

The singer, who was booted off the show at the weekend, has been told she must return to her homeland of Zimbabwe after her mother's visa application was turned down.

But Frances Farrell said she was preparing to lodge an appeal to an immigration tribunal. She said: "My client has lived here for eight years, always legally and on proper visas. I'm now certain there is grounds to put in an appeal."

Nhengu and her family had been told they did not have a right of appeal and must leave the UK by their own accord or face deportation.

Her controversial axing from the X Factor last weekend caused a storm among viewers, with more than 240,000 fans signing up to a Facebook page called Gamu Should Have Got Through, in protest at judge Cheryl Cole's decision to leave Nhengu out of the final 12.

Show bosses have already denied suggestions Cole was influenced by visa issues. A spokeswoman said: "We are supporting Gamu and her family during this difficult time."

The teenager's mother Nokuthula Ngazana had been allowed to stay in the UK while she studied at university, with Nhengu permitted to remain in the country as her dependant. But Ms Ngazana's application to remain in the country was turned down, with the UK Border Agency saying it did not "meet all of the conditions for approval".

Support was growing for Nhengu where she lives in Clackmannanshire.

A woman handed in £100 cash to security staff who are now at the modest flat. She also left a Susan Boyle CD, a loaf of bread and milk on the doorstep, and scattered bird seed.

A letter of support from the woman said that in Scotland "we feed our little sparrows", and appealed to the powers in London not to deport the teenager. The letter said: "She is a giver not a taker."

Daily Headlines & Evening Telegraph Newsletter

Receive today's headlines directly to your inbox every morning and evening, with our free daily newsletter.

This field is required


Top Videos



Privacy