Cape Town court victory for refugees

2012-07-26 11:30
Refugees march in Cape Town (File, Schalk van Zuydam, AP).jpg

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Cape Town - The Western Cape High Court has ordered the home affairs department to urgently resume documenting new asylum seekers and refugee applicants in Cape Town, it was reported on Thursday.

Judge Dennis Davis said on Wednesday that the department had not provided enough evidence that it closed the Maitland refugee reception office after adequate consultation, the Cape Times reported.

He said the expiring of a lease was no excuse to close the centre, especially in light of the department admitting there was a backlog for applications.

All new refugee applicants were told that from July they would have to travel to Musina in Limpopo for processing.

Only permit renewals were catered for following the closure at Customs House on the Foreshore and home affairs in town.

According to the report, he said there was no reason why Customs House could not be used to assist new applicants.

In a statement on Thursday, Home Affairs director general Mkuseni Apleni said the department could not comment until it had received the written judgment.

He maintained that the centre had to be closed because the landlord would not renew a lease agreement.

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