Refugees demand reopening of centres

2012-06-19 19:15

Johannesburg - About 200 refugees marched to the Marabastad refugee reception offices in Pretoria on Monday, demanding that closed refugee centres be reopened.

They submitted a memorandum to home affairs department officials, said Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in SA (Cormsa) spokesperson Gwada Mirai.

She said they wanted the government to reopen closed refugee centres, and to fully operate those which were still open.

The Crown Mines refugee centre in Johannesburg has been shut down, and the refugee centre in Cape Town is to close on June 30.

Mirai said the refugee centre in Port Elizabeth was reopened after a High Court ruling, but was not fully operational.

"We want it to function normally, as it now only accepts renewal of asylum seekers' applications, but is not taking new ones," she said.

However, the department denied this and said the court had ruled that the refugee centre be closed.

"The business community brought their case to us saying the centre is a nuisance... and we have moved the operations to the customs offices in PE. The centre is operating normally," spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said.

Cormsa has given the government 10 days to respond to its demands.

Mamoepa said Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma would respond in due course.

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-06-19 19:29

    Ok, this I don't understand. Fair enough we have foreigners who enter South Africa, hoping to find a better life here than in their home countries. And we will, of course, do what we can to help. But for them to start making demands on our economy??!! My word, is it not easier to stick them on a train back to their countries? Surely we cannot have illegal immigrants taking us to court in our own country? Especially when South Africans themselves are often forcibly removed from areas that they occupy illegally. Hope that Home Affairs can resolve this quickly.

      oscar.vanriel - 2012-06-19 19:45

      Demand,'s in the genes and so is the African salute....die "bakhandjies".

      msuthukazi.nkqwitha - 2012-06-19 20:01

      they should go back home

  • anton.burger.16 - 2012-06-19 19:55

    DEMAND!!!!!....Fcuck them. Send them all back to the $hitholes they came from. What would happen if we go and demand in their countries!!!!!!

      Lacrimose - 2012-06-19 20:20

      The only thing we should demand of their countries is that they sort out their own stuff and stop exporting their citizens.

      Carl - 2012-06-19 21:24

      Shame!... and they were the ones that voted for their leaders in the first place, "no economic freedom" go back and tell your brothers that in years to come it will be the same here!

  • kgothatso.freddy.9 - 2012-06-19 21:50

    \DEMAND\.???..they must b out of their minds,y dnt dey go and do their demands in their country..mxm!BA GAFA

  • Xulu.Thulany.Xaba - 2012-06-19 22:11

    \Cormsa has given the government 10 days to respond to its demands\! Lol or else wat.... move back home or better yet hunger strike?

  • william.letsong.5 - 2012-06-20 00:40

    Government is to be blamed and if this is not a wakeup call for them, than maybe a coup will be. I hate to see where I work how most of these foreign nationals are getting away with crimes. Fraud, scams, human trafficking, murder, drug dealing you name it and in most instances, Nigerians are involve. They don't work here, they sell drugs to our youth and make them prostitutes. They drive expensive cars, live in the suburbs while South Africans suffer. Our people are jailed or hanged when they commit crimes in other countries, but here they are getting away with everything. So now they are starting to demand things? Who or what give them the right to DEMAND in this country? WTF do they think they are? Can we go and DEMAND in Nigeria, Congo, Zimbabwe to name a few? I don't think so. Government must remember that many of these foreign men were part of rebel gangs in their respective countries where they fought wars against they own governments. Some that I know committed murders and came to SA to escape prosecution. If government cannot control them, than I see a dark future for them here because my parents and grand parents fought too damn hard for this land to get ruled by foreign nationals.

  • emile.vanrayner.7 - 2012-06-20 01:01

    wow, i seriously cannot believe i have to defend this point again... refugees are NOT illegal. refugees have rights. they certainly have the right to complain about a REFUGEE CENTER closing because they are REFUGEES and that is THEIR CENTER... my caps lock is broken

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-06-20 04:02

      Emile, sorry bro but It is not THEIR centre (it belongs to the SA taxpayer) and this is not THEIR country whether they are legal or illegal. Point is you don't go and seek refuge on other people's properties and than DEMAND things. I must respect and abide to your house rules when I hire a room on your property or when I visits you, and guess what? I can always pack my bags and leave your house or property when I disagree or dislike your rules. So yes defend YOUR POINT until you are blue in your face. POINT is, they are pushing it way too far on law abiding citizens blood sweated tax money. They must go back home and MARCH for better services in THEIR own countries.

      Ryno - 2012-06-20 08:42

      i dont give a sh%t - they are nothing but free loathers who just demand, want and insist - nothing but parasites who live on our tax money.

  • Steward Barnes - 2012-06-20 06:35

    Who do these people think they are? marching to keep open a centre that I worked for? I get up at 3 in the morning and walk 20 minutes in the darkness and cold to get to public transport in order for them to be comfortable. Is there something wrong here and why have this been allowed to get so out of hand? They should go back to where they come from and try and make a success of their countries instead of leeching on other people's tears, blood and sweat.

      chada.mulomba - 2012-06-20 20:55

      I couldn't have said it better. They shud start packing their bags out of our country

  • Ryno - 2012-06-20 08:40

    and we demand that you go back home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sharon - 2012-06-22 11:00

    dont demand anything here,we have enough of our own people demanding.if you lot want to demand then go back to the countries you messed up and demand

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