Zuma to open revamped Marabastad refugee centre

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President Jacob Zuma (File: AFP)

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Pretoria – Better security and paperless systems are some of the improvements that have been made to the Marabastad refugee centre in Pretoria, the Presidency said on Wednesday.

President Jacob Zuma would open the refurbished centre on Friday, after receiving complaints about the facility in 2016.

The centre did not have enough staff, slow IT systems, inadequate filing systems, and poor management. There were long queues, overcrowding, and allegations of corruption and criminal syndicates.

New signage, counters, and lighting, a new security system and electrical fencing, an automated booking system and paperless processes, off-site interpretation services, and an improved registry and filing system had been put in place.

In his 2016 State of the Nation Address, Zuma said he spoke to foreigners while visiting the Marabastad taxi and bus rank. They told him of having to queue daily for documentation from home affairs.

Zuma is expected to rename the centre.

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