Groups want answers on rights abuse claims

2012-06-12 22:48
The SAHRC is probing claims of human rights abuses at the Lindela Repatriation Centre on the West Rand, and is waiting for a response from the Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. (File, Sapa)

The SAHRC is probing claims of human rights abuses at the Lindela Repatriation Centre on the West Rand, and is waiting for a response from the Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. (File, Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Claims of human rights abuses at the Lindela Repatriation Centre on the West Rand need to be probed, four rights groups said on Tuesday.

They urged the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to investigate allegations that health and related rights of inmates were being violated.

"On 28 May, [the] group of organisations wrote to the SAHRC to request that it urgently investigate the state of health and health care service provision at Lindela... [and] requested a response from the SAHRC by 11 June."

The four rights groups are Médecins Sans Frontières, Section27, Lawyers for Human Rights, and People against Suffering, Oppression and Poverty.

They said in a statement: "These abuses have been documented throughout Lindela's existence. Moreover, what we know about Lindela is shocking, but our lack of knowledge of what occurs behind its walls is cause for even greater concern."

The facility operated "in secrecy and with impunity", the groups claimed.

SAHRC spokesperson Vincent Moaga confirmed the request for an investigation had been received.

The commission had visited the centre, and a letter to the groups was being dispatched to invite them to meet its chairperson.

"We have been working on this, we are now waiting for the [home affairs] minister's response."

Last Tuesday, Moaga said the SAHRC asked the home affairs department to come up with urgent and meaningful measures to put an end to the ill treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.

"The rights of non-nationals are specifically protected in national law and in international human rights agreements," Moaga said.

"This group is particularly vulnerable and the state is obliged to take appropriate steps to ensure the basic rights [of] this group are adequately protected."


Read more on:    sahrc  |  vincent moaga  |  human rights

Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24


ANCYL: Not voting would be blasphemy

Not voting in the forthcoming elections would be blasphemy, the ANCYL says in a statement commemorating the 50th anniversary of struggle icon Nelson Mandela's Rivonia trial speech.


Latest elections multimedia

Why Jack Parow wants you to vote on 7 May
The ad the SABC doesn't want to air
Elections 2014 in one cartoon
This year's election posters
  • Thursday Sir Lowry's Pass - 05:35 AM
    Road name: Old Sir Lowrys Pass Road
    TRAFFIC LIGHTS not working at Bezweni Road
  • Thursday Cape Town - 05:35 AM
    Road name: Buitengracht Street
    TRAFFIC LIGHTS not working at Waterkant Street
More traffic reports...

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now! - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Samsung Galaxy Ace

A sleek combination of technology and sophisticated design, the Samsung...

From R1799.00

I'm shopping for:


There may be a break through, either through quiet contemplative time to connect to your deep side or forced on you more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.