SA's new refugee regulations could have been drafted by Trump, says activist

2020-01-17 14:31

Lawyers for Human Rights says South Africa's new refugee regulations, which forbid refugees and asylum seekers from engaging in any political activity, could easily have been drafted by the Trump administration.

Critics of new refugee regulations are 'prophets of doom' - Bongani Bongo

2020-01-10 19:57

Those criticising the recently gazetted Refugee Amendment Act Regulations are "pessimists or prophets of doom", according to portfolio committee on home affairs chairperson Bongani Bongo.

Cape Town refugee leader Balous granted bail

2020-01-10 13:48

One of the leaders of a group of refugees and asylum seekers staying in the Central Methodist Mission Church in Cape Town, has been granted bail of R2 000 on Friday when he appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court.

City of Cape Town to begin 'enforcement operations' against Greenmarket Square refugees

2020-01-09 15:39

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.

ANC members were freedom fighters, not refugees - Motsoaledi defends changes to refugee laws

2020-01-09 11:17

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has dismissed criticism of amendments to refugee laws, saying the changes are aimed at closing gaps in the legislation.

Foreign refugees in South Africa have just been banned from political activity – as SA builds 'a paper wall' against immigration

2020-01-03 15:13

Refugees who vote in their country of origin without permission – or engage in any political activity in SA – can now be deemed illegal foreigners as a result.

Three arrested for possession of weapons as refugee stalemate at Cape Town church continues

2019-12-30 12:36

Three foreign nationals have been arrested for the possession of dangerous weapons after they became embroiled in an altercation involving refugees at the Central Methodist Mission in Cape Town, according to police.

Grim life of families living in Pretoria's 'Little Zimbabwe'

2019-12-19 12:40

An informal settlement in the centre of Boom Street in Marabastad in Pretoria has become commonly known as 'Little Zimbabwe' on account of the number of Zimbabwean nationals living there.

Court orders meeting with foreign nationals living in church as City calls situation a 'crisis'

2019-12-09 15:51

The Western Cape High Court has heard the City of Cape Town's application for an urgent interdict against foreign nationals living in a church, but believes a meeting should be held to find an overarching solution.

Court papers served on foreign nationals seeking refuge in Methodist church

2019-12-03 19:31

The City of Cape Town is applying for an urgent interdict to prevent a group of foreign nationals from continuing their "sit-in" at the Central Methodist Mission and allegedly flouting health and safety by-laws.


WATCH | Methodist church refugees celebrate release of their leader, Jean-Pierre Balous

2020-01-11 14:32

Refugees living at the Central Methodist Church in Cape Town are celebrating the return of their leader, Jean-Pierre Balous, after he was granted R2 000 bail.

Reverend concerned by fallout between the leaders of Greenmarket Square refugees

2020-01-10 18:27

Reverend Alan Storey said this has caused a "volatile" and "hostile" environment in the church.

UN refugee agency probing corruption in Uganda, Kenya

2020-01-09 18:00

The UN refugee agency says it is probing new allegations of fraud in its resettlement programme in Kenya and Uganda after a report in German magazine Stern alleging graft.

Robbery-accused refugee leader granted bail in Cape Town court

2020-01-09 13:20

Refugee leader Papi Sukami has been granted bail in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court after his arrest on two robbery charges during a prolonged impasse over relocation to another country.

Another refugee leader in court as talks to resolve Methodist Church stalement continue

2020-01-06 20:02

A second leader of the refugees and asylum seekers living in the Methodist Church in Cape Town has appeared in court.

Cape Town refugee group leader arrested

2020-01-01 17:52

The apparent leader of a group of refugees staying in the Cape Town Methodist Church has been arrested following complaints from other refugees of assault, says Western Cape police.

City of Cape Town to use bylaws to remove refugees

2019-12-21 19:07

The City of Cape Town has withdrawn its application for an urgent interdict against a group of refugees in and around the Methodist Church on Longmarket Street.

More than 600 refugees, asylum seekers living in squalor is not an emergency - City of Cape Town

2019-12-13 20:26

The City of Cape Town does not think that more than 600 people living in squalor in a church on Greenmarket Square constitutes an emergency, it has emerged during arguments in the City's court application for an urgent interdict against foreign nationals living in the Methodist Church.

Protesting foreign nationals held at repatriation centre have legal status to be in SA - Home Affairs

2019-12-05 11:51

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.

WATCH | First bodies of UK truck victims arrive in Vietnam for funerals

2019-11-27 21:22

The first remains of the 39 people found dead in a truck in Britain last month have arrived in Vietnam where they were met by huge crowds of sobbing relatives who have been waiting weeks for their return.

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