Protest at Lindela deportation centre

2011-10-17 15:30

Pretoria - Teargas was used to break up a protest by foreigners at a deportation centre near Krugersdorp on Monday, the centre's manager said.

George Masanabo, manager of the Lindela repatriation centre, said four beds were set alight during the protest and some pipes at the centre were damaged.

"We called the police to come and quell the situation," he said.

The protesters wanted to be sent home without delay.

Warrant Officer Odette van Staden said they had demanded a meeting with senior home affairs officials.

"Inmates started breaking windows, burning mattresses and breaking toilet facilities. They damaged a computer in the information centre," she said.

"The centre's security used teargas to break up the riots. We are investigating cases of malicious damage to property."

Police had not arrested anyone and no one was injured.

Masanabo said the cause of the protests at the facility, which houses 2 990 people, was believed to be frustration at the pace with which deportation cases were being handled.

"Foreigners were demanding to be deported [immediately], but we have our own internal processes," said Masanabo.

Captain Jacob Raboroko said a group of about 100 Nigerians were at the forefront of the protest.

"The management made a promise on Friday to repatriate them back to their country on Monday morning. But when the promise was not kept, they got angry and started protesting," he said.

  • JohhnyBGood - 2011-10-17 15:43

    My my my . . .

  • Derk - 2011-10-17 15:46

    send them home now

  • Peter - 2011-10-17 15:50

    Now they will demonstate about bad delivery as there is no water and they have no where to sleep - shame - If they are so eager to get home, put them on busses and let the bus drivers (one per bus) drive through the night at 150 kph

  • George - 2011-10-17 15:55

    They are Africans and Africa belongs to them too. The same way as Europe belongs to all EU residents. If a Portuguese can settle in the Netherlands without any problems why cant a Nigerian settle in the southern part of his indegenous continent?

      Willie - 2011-10-17 17:09

      Ignorance George,check was is happening Europe my friend.Some of our brothers are misusing our hospitality.

      Yar - 2011-10-17 21:13

      Wrong George.

      elga.imp - 2011-10-19 20:34

      @ Gerorge... verbiage... but I guess it's to be expected from a "Law" student!

  • africanwolf - 2011-10-17 15:56

    Free ticket to go home :)

  • Shellerjc - 2011-10-17 15:59

    Amazing how they were able to get here all on their own but now need help getting back?? Wow - The world must be laughing at us.

  • Jim - 2011-10-17 16:06

    why the @#$CK are these people in this country anyway?!?!?!?!

      majents.majida - 2011-10-17 16:29

      Hey, Jimmy why are you in this country dah!!!

      Yar - 2011-10-17 21:17

      @majents His ancestors came here to get your ancestors cleaned up, educated and walking erect.

  • Vuyani - 2011-10-17 16:11

    They want to be deported quickly, so that they can return immediately after they are dropped off.

  • Yaseen - 2011-10-17 16:15

    I'v visited Lindela and theres guys there for over a year. They are ordinary people like me and you that came to s.a for a better future and most of them send monies home to support their familys. I cried when i chatted to them, some of them didnt even tell their families and children that they were in jail coz it would be too traumatic for them. What i realised is that Lindela is run by the same company that supplys the prisons with food and has security tenders with huge mines, and that same company is owned by various ministers wives and families. So now it all makes sense, the longer they keep them there more money they make! Sad but true. And the foreigners that are trouble makers or drug dealers are long gone, coz they have the finances to release them. Please pray for these people to return home safely

  • Michael - 2012-01-11 00:19

    i know how they feel i was in there in 2008 im from the uk and they promise and promise but every time it a now go it mad us so mad there was all was riots it because the chefs tease you all the time the way thay treated us us bad

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