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Cape Town court victory for refugees

2012-07-26 11:30

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.

Comments
  • nick.armstrong.1800 - 2012-07-26 12:24

    Oh yes - and us - the dwindling numbers of geese who actually lay the proverbial "golden eggs" - ie the minority tax-payers of SA - we must also house them...???

      Amanda - 2012-07-26 13:36

      Shut up and pay your taxes. Your taxes aren't supporting enough people yet - only 14 per tax payer (that's excluding your own family of course). We are also not feeling enough crime yet. Only 50 a day die - that is not enough. Let them all come in. In fact, why not just drop all the borders and allow people to come and go as they like, all on the tax payers dime. We haven't paid enough yet for Apartheid.

      pierrot.ilunga - 2012-11-21 20:52

      REFUGEES PAY AS MUCH TAXES AS YOU DO, SOME OF THEM EVEN MORE THAN YOU GUYS...

  • Koos - 2012-07-26 12:24

    How did all those refugees get all the way south to Cape Town and why?

      john.loveland.9 - 2012-07-26 12:46

      They came through Musina.... they certainly didn't fly in...

      ejanette.joubert - 2012-07-26 13:47

      Did you know? Cape Town is a harbour ...

      Koos - 2012-07-26 15:51

      @ejanette.joubert: So they came from the north, missed all the other harbors and ports and managed to land right smack in the middle of the Western Cape? WOW, how lucky can these refugees be.

  • sean.mkhize.1 - 2012-07-26 12:25

    Patiently waiting for my white fellows to comment on this issue. Come on guys what's the hold up on this one?

  • oom.koos.7 - 2012-07-26 12:46

    Please send them ALL back to wherever they came from. We really dont need them here.

  • marcdefl - 2012-07-26 12:51

    Dennis David you chop.We have enough problems as South Africans why are we making easier for more foreigners to add to our burdens. The burden on our limited resources at state institutions like hospitals just get worse. I am happy for my tax money to go to locals but not all the opportunist foreigners,

  • thapelo.rametsi - 2012-07-26 13:45

    I am sick and tired of al these foregners. They are just here to destroy our country. Look; everywhere is Zims, Bangdeshis, Europeans, Nigerian crooks and drug lords, Pakistanis,all nationals from all overthe world. The Somalis must go bach and be prirates to get the easy money. Zims, go and grab land. Mozambicans, go to Nampula island andbe on holidays forever. This the work of the ANC. When one speaks, they say they helped them during liberation. This is not true, we were confined to camps and notallowed to mix with thelocals. Should you dare venture out, you will be deported and given to theSA security police, and that will be the end of you. ANC, please create camps for these people and UN will feed them until their countriesare better and they can send bach home not to intermingle with us.

      Koos - 2012-07-26 15:54

      Why don't you tell them why you cANCer boys where confined to camps?

  • william.letsong.5 - 2012-07-26 14:37

    Refugees should be in refugee camps provided by the UN. Not roaming our streets selling drugs, killing people, making our young girls prostitutes and the list goes on. I don't have a problem with skilled foreigners here, but hell no here are way to many skilled criminals from all over the globe here.

      Michel Kalala Michka - 2013-11-14 00:20

      You don't think about what you said,if we do the tours of prisons,we'll find that it's only you who are arrested for drugs,the rape of your nieces,cousins,sisters-in-law,neighbours,all of them minors;and for murders. Don't throw the responsibility on others.

  • itai.chiwotah - 2012-07-26 15:01

    when the boers were kickin u, foregners helped u back in the days very soon nationalisation and the boers will seek refugee in the neibouring inflation will follow what next S.A will became Zimbabwe or congo and those countries will became S.A WHAT GOES AROUND CAMES AROUND Think before u talk

      pierrot.ilunga - 2012-11-21 20:48

      WHAT MAKES YOU BELIEVE THAT WITHOUT THE BOERS AND KINDS, AFRICANS CANNOT MANAGE. WOULD YOU OVERCOME YOUR IGNORANCE BY DOING A RESEARCH ON THE ROOT CAUSES OF THE CONGOLESE CRISIS? Your comment is informed by racism...

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