Bid to keep Cape Town refugee centre open

2012-06-22 10:36
Refugees protest in Cape Town. (Sapa)

Refugees protest in Cape Town. (Sapa)

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2012-06-20 15:33

Refugees and members of civil society groups marched to Parliament in Cape Town demonstrating against the closing down of the Cape Town Refugee Reception Office by the Department of Home Affairs. WATCH

Cape Town - The Legal Resources Centre has launched an application in the Western Cape High Court to keep the Maitland Refugee reception office open, it was reported on Friday.

The Cape Times reported that the application was launched on behalf of the Scalabrini Centre, a non-profit organisation that assisted migrant communities and displaced people.

The application would be heard on Thursday, a day before the Cape Town centre was due to close. A temporary facility would be opened at Customs House on the Foreshore to wrap up the centre's work.

Yusuf Simon, Home Affairs provincial manager, told the newspaper that the temporary centre would not accommodate new asylum seekers.

"As from July 2, new asylum seekers will have to travel to other reception offices such as Durban, Pretoria or Musina," he said.

Refugee organisations marched to Parliament on Wednesday to protest against, amongst other things, the centre's closure.

Simon emphasised that the centre's closure was not planned and as a result of the lease expiring.

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