The one positive of this, even if some of it is depressing, is that there'll be life on the other side, writes Adriaan Basson.
The Western Cape High Court has granted the City of Cape Town an order prohibiting refugees and asylum seekers living in and around the Central Methodist Mission church from interfering with City officials.
The Department of Home Affairs has announced it has verified the status of foreign nationals who protested outside the offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Pretoria in November.
The foreign nationals taking shelter in the Cape Town Methodist Church want people who were arrested in a sit-in similar to theirs at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees' premises in Pretoria, to be released to join them on their "mass exodus".
The chairperson of the portfolio committee on home affairs, Bongani Bongo, condemned "in the strongest terms" the acts of violence by refugees at the Central Methodist Church in Cape Town and outside the offices of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Pretoria.
Therese Walu's eyes welled up as she recalled the last time she shared dinner with her whole family, 19 years ago, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has engaged in talks with refugees who forced their way into its offices in Pretoria.
Gauteng police say they will remove a group of refugees who have moved onto the premises of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' offices in Pretoria.
An urgent court application to remove refugees, who are staging a protest in Pretoria, has been postponed again, following an application by the national and provincial police commissioner to join the case.
Refugees who have been staging a sit-in outside the UNHCR offices in Pretoria say they are not going to budge, ahead the outcome of an urgent application to remove them that is being heard in the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria
Hundreds of foreign nationalls sought refuge in Cape Town's Central Methodist Church after police fired stun grenades to get them out of the arcade where they were holding a sit-in outside UN offices.
The City of Cape Town will soon begin 'enforcement operations' against the group of refugees camping outside the Central Methodist Church in Greenmarket Square, says Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security JP Smith.
The Department of Home Affairs, through its legal representative, has informed the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria that it has undertaken the verification process of refugees who were camped outside the UN High Commissioner for Refugees' (UNHCR) offices in Pretoria.
More than 180 refugees, who have been charged with trespassing, may also face an additional charge of public violence following their removal from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees' (UNHCR) offices in Pretoria.
The police have detained more than 180 foreign nationals for storming the UN refugee agency in Pretoria, where they had been staging a sit-in protest, police said Saturday.
The government has urged refugees occupying the UN High Commissioner for Refugees' (UNHCR) offices in Pretoria on Thursday to abide by the court order which has given them three days to vacate and disperse.
South Africa cannot force any country to take refugees or asylym seekers, says the deputy minister of home affairs.
The police believe refugees who are staging a protest outside the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' (UNHCR) offices in Pretoria are exercising their constitutional rights and that the gathering is not illegal.
The Gift of the Givers have been told by foreign nationals seeking refuge at a church in Cape Town that "their services are no longer needed".
Homeowners from upmarket suburbs in Pretoria are heading to court in an attempt to remove refugees who are staging a sit-in outside the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' (UNHCR) offices.
The City of Tshwane is seeking intervention from the government to resolve the impasse involving refugees who have settled outside the UN offices in Pretoria.
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