Bid to keep Cape Town refugee centre open

2012-06-22 10:36

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.

  • christopher.columbus.3950178 - 2012-06-22 10:50

    As from July 2, new asylum seekers will have to travel to other reception offices such as Durban, Pretoria or Musina," he said. How the f**k are they to get their retrads!

      Alice - 2012-06-22 10:58

      They will help themselves because they had enough air ticket fare to come to SA. Some of them are failed asylum seekers in Europe so SA was their last option. Some got some cash in certain EU countries to volunteer going to their home countries. Have you ever wondered where Somalis all get money from to start wholesale and plaza businesses in Bellville? Or Congolese renting hair salons in Retreat, Maitland and Mowbray?? They will surely have money to travel to other provinces.

      christopher.columbus.3950178 - 2012-06-22 11:04

      Well maybe Alice they work hard to make a living and this is why they grow their opportunity for a better life, The majority of the blacks in this country just want want want and when they see other black people from other countries doing well for themselves they blame them and Xenophobia arises. They lazy Alice thats all... get off your high horse as well, maybe Alice you should not be lazy as well.

      poloyatonkim - 2012-06-22 11:08

      Alice... thats so true. christopher..if the foreigners work so hard, why dont they go back home and work hard to fix their messed up countries?

      Alice - 2012-06-22 11:08

      Ha ha ha! Chris I have a dual citizenship and married to an EU citizen my dear. I worked so hard to be where I am today my dear!!! This phenomenon is common everywhere around the world. People will always be bitter in tolerating other Nationals in their countries. People that are most affected are the poor not me ' cause I fall under upper middle class in SA. Poor ppl compete with them.

      christopher.columbus.3950178 - 2012-06-22 11:14

      Because a lot are coming from dicatorships, warring countries...And they see South Africa as hope. Maybe because before it was run so well by the white people, thats what they want a taste of, but unfortunately it is becoming a sad african country the more the anc is around.

      poloyatonkim - 2012-06-22 11:19

      Alice.. the other thing, i was in Gordon's Bay the other day, a nigerian guy rents a flat that costs R4000 per month but what he does for a living is to sell stuff at the stand on the beach. My friend who stays at the same works for FNB....How the F&** is this possible really...

      manie.engelbrecht.10 - 2012-06-22 11:38

      Nigerian businessmen are a shady bunch. If you hear of drug kingpins in cape town, they are nigerian. The stand where he sells his caps and things is a money laundry. Somalis are another bunch. Ive been in and out of courts enough to see hundreds of somalis arrested. Sure the economy benefits, but its illegal goods they sell.

      Oom - 2012-06-22 12:17

      Here we go again..I say move the home affairs office to parliament buildings in Cape Town, and the Union Buildings in Pretoria. The folks in government need to see who is being let into OUR country, and the amount of people that stand outside ALL day, whatever the weather. It’s VERY scary to see who is in the queue. Furthermore, when I have spoken to some of these people, I have been told that besides the “bribe “ which they have paid to cross the border(R2000-00), they are further asked for “extra payment” when they arrive at the home affairs office in Maitland (R1000-00 per month permit time). I know of some German people who live in Cape Town, that own 4 residential properties, contribute to the economy, participate in their local police forum, belong to neighbourhood watch, yet have been told to leave south Africa, with no further renewal. Yet, everyday, stone broke criminals are allowed to enter MY country without any sane reason what so ever, just so that the folks inside and outside the home affairs office can make extra money...I really think that this is insane..! xenophobia is a reality, caused by a very small group of greedy bribe takers, which will never be stopped. By the way, it not xenophobia that’s the problem, it’s ‘WORK a fobia”..there just aren’t enough jobs for all these STRANGERS in our country. I say vote for another party, and have the whole dam lot deported back to their own countries..! and why not..???

      Alice - 2012-06-22 12:30

      True, my only worry is that when Zille takes over our beloved Country, DA will be faced with so many challenges caused by ANC. It will cost them billions to clean up SA.

      mondli.maluleka - 2012-06-22 12:51

      Sorry alice the da will never rule keep on dreaming the anc will rule until chirst comes back lol

      Kala - 2012-06-22 12:59

      @Mondli - I believe Christ's bags are packed and he's ready to come over.

      Matthew - 2012-06-22 13:32

      Chris,dude,you've made my friday.the ferrari chirp.thanks man

  • Alice - 2012-06-22 10:52

    Majority if these NGO's functioning in SA helping all these asylum seekers and refugees are all owned by White South Africans, Europeans and Americans. I hate to say this but this cannot go on, we don't have enough resources and infrastructure to accommodate the whole of Africa.we all know that these ppl are economic parasites who come to SA for greener pastures.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-06-22 12:54

      That's right. These organisations receive massive donations from overseas donors to keep immigrants here while overseas countries are enforcing very strict refugees laws and practically making it impossible for refugees to come and squat in their countries. The sad thing in SA is that refugees don't come here with the aim of returning back and reconstructing their countries. They come here to stay. The most violent and serious of crimes are committed are lately being committed by them (ATM Bombings = Zimbabweans; drugs and prostitution = Nigerians; Eastern Europeans; hijackings = the most expensive cars cross our borders after being hijacked); etc. We have massive unemployment and charity should begin at home first until we've sorted our domestic issues.

      Munei Zimuto - 2013-05-27 11:10

      Hie alice i understand you and how you feel, but if u had a problem with 1 foreigner does that mean all foreigners are like that, some we are here with the aim of working and go back to our countries, but why cant we treat each other as human beings. In the time of Apartheid Zimbabweans, Mozambicans, Zambians and Boatswains soldiers where being sent here in South Africa to fight for each other because we are all the same. 1 person different colours. Can you identify the different between a South African blood and Zimbabwean blood. We all created with the image of God. You never know what will happened tomorrow because if i knew myself i shouldn't be here in South Africa.

  • christopher.columbus.3950178 - 2012-06-22 10:54

    This government and its supporters say africa is for africans...Now even Black Africans are not good enough! Bunch of racist ponses...yes you, anc black supporters.

      Alice - 2012-06-22 11:01

      I'm convinced that you are ranting because you fear that your charity organisation helping African refuges settle in SA will crumble. I'm not racist but I'm a realist.

      christopher.columbus.3950178 - 2012-06-22 11:06

      Alice you live in wonderland....its not a fairy tale here princess. A lot of these people just want a better life.

      christopher.columbus.3950178 - 2012-06-22 11:08

      I would rather sepnd my taxes on people that will use it for the right reasons than do their own kind in(the anc supporters)...

      poloyatonkim - 2012-06-22 11:11

      Let them go back, every drug burst there is always foreigner involved.

  • eliekalo - 2012-06-22 11:21

    What about refugee's rights? What do you do of them?

  • Anthony - 2012-06-22 12:21

    maybe, possibly, seriously the govt is in attears with the rent...l

  • stephen.j.dickson.3 - 2012-06-22 13:24

    The best holding point in Capetown for all these so-called "refugees" would be the middle of False Bay during shark season.

  • Ryno - 2012-06-22 15:06

    they should get out and stay out - they are just spunging on SA taxpayer money and 95% don't contribute anything valuable to society at all

      Kanetso Michael Moleeko - 2012-06-23 07:17

      That's true Ryno.

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