Deportation claims denied

2012-11-06 21:13

Johannesburg - Home Affairs denied on Tuesday that it was planning to deport 30 illegal foreigners held at the Lindela Repatriation Centre, west of Johannesburg.

"No such plans exist as alleged by both the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and the People Against Suffering, Oppression and Poverty," said spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa.

The Sowetan reported that at least 42 illegal immigrants held at the centre for more than 120 days would be deported on Tuesday, as a court application to prevent this would be heard only next week.

Home Affairs director general Mkuseli Apleni reportedly ignored letters from the SAHRC demanding the release of the foreigners.

Mamoepa said the department had not received letters from the rights group, nor had it received letters informing it of the legal action.

"As soon as such summonses are served, the department will indeed respond comprehensively to the allegations at the appropriate forum."

He said when dealing with illegal foreigners, the department operated according to the law.

Mamoepa said home affairs had noted that some foreigners did not co-operate with the department.

"These include among others, refusal to provide details of their nationalities, or to co-operate with officials of their respective high commissions or embassies."

Mamoepa said the department would ensure all foreigners detained at Lindela were well treated and also made sure they were not in the country for more than 120 days.

  • rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-11-06 21:36

    You have a repatriation centre housing illegal immigrants, the idea behind this (at least everywhere else in the world anyway) is to take those illegals and send them back to their home countries. If you don't plan on sending them back, what is the point of a repatriation centre? It costs money to run these things, if you don't send them back, then close the damn centre and let them live in the country illegally, at least it won't cost the taxpayer to pay for a useless service.

      Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-07 05:34

      Do you realize how many zulu police will lose out on their extra xmas BEE backhand bonus' if they close down this "threat to foreign dignatary's"...... When there is a way to score illicit money in SA transformed style why break it?

      arnaud.munezero - 2012-11-07 09:15

      You must know the definition of illegal immigrants before you say anything.

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-11-06 21:44

    Why does everyone lie? Of course they are going to deport them. @rodeny, yeah if they close down the centre, they will be out of work...Ooooooooooooh this country.

  • makarapakaplan - 2012-11-06 21:46

    If u are in the country illegally with no documentation u need to be removed, simple!!! what is the problem here?

      lorain.maseko - 2012-11-07 07:26

      I'm also trying to figure out where the problem comes in, is it unheard of to deport peole that are in any country illegaly?

  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-11-06 21:51

    What's the point of wasting our tax on this the borders are open they will just walk right back in!

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-11-06 23:04

    Get rid of the lot of them. There are no political refugess in SA just economic ones. How many countries are there between here an Somalia for example that those traders in CT could have stayed in.

      arnaud.munezero - 2012-11-07 08:55

      I think you should think before you say that there is no political refugees in South Africa go and study then you will know.

  • aitken.rob - 2012-11-07 03:10

    I hope you were kicking a lot more back. We have enough aids, drugs, racketering, murder thank-you. How do we bill the person for sending him back home? If it is the citizen of a country, can we charge the country for the deportation? As a citizen, I would like to see the person being deported paying us, the citizens back for costs incured. If the famaily dont have money are we allowed to take there farms as colateral?

      arnaud.munezero - 2012-11-07 09:26

      That is is not a diplomatic resolution on immigrants in South Africa

  • Peabo Siphelele Mkhize - 2012-11-07 07:44

    Haw'! So Home Affairs is not planning to deport illegal immigrants? So what's the plan, keep them at Lindelani to drain our taxes some more? This is bull!

  • hendrik.andries.5 - 2012-11-07 07:45

    180 Immigrants per day, coming into S.A., and what do they do? Steal, kill and rape. That is why there is xenophobia, because these people are like locusts.

  • kyle.buitendag - 2012-11-07 07:58

    these idiots are probably treated better than our OWN people.....shocking that we have people living in shacks, that are rightful South Africans, then we get this scurge crossing our borders and getting warm beds and full tummies.........PATHETIC ANC PATHETIC.......

      arnaud.munezero - 2012-11-07 09:18

      In some point everyone in life was a refugee or immigrant so when you are calling other people idiot it is good to go back and research why those people are here then you can talk your rubbish

  • lincoln.park.5 - 2012-11-07 08:35

    this is beyond ridiculous if the point is not to send them home then how long will they house them and until what happens..?????

  • arnaud.munezero - 2012-11-07 09:20

    South Africa signed the United Nations Convention on refugee and there was been illegal deportation for foreigner since, they must follow the international rules for deportation

  • darren.peach - 2012-11-07 11:26

    Whats wrong with deporting Illegal immigrants ? If their own country is stable and under no political threat than why the controversy ?

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